As our kids get older and life gets busier we’ve found that it’s easy to let relationships slip through the cracks. While my husband and I are really good about spending time together, coordinating times with other families can still be tough! We started a monthly game night with a few other couples about a year ago and it did a lot to bring all of our families closer together.
This year, we’ve taken it a step farther. Instead of getting together monthly, we do it almost every week. We keep our friday nights clear so that we can do something together. Frequently my husband will go to our friend’s house to watch movies or hang out with the husband of the other couple. They also supervise the two kids at that house. While our friend’s wife heads over to my place to do the same. This way we get a “girls night” and “guys night” weekly…and a double (or triple, if other families come) date night still happening every month. Most of the time we don’t have to worry about babysitters since we do this after bedtime for our kids and we all stay in…just at each other’s houses!
The other fun thing we do is have dinner in with one another. This month, I’m loving the new DIGIORNO Pizzaria! The thin crust is drizzled with extra virgin olive oil for a hint of flavor and then topped with a specially-crafted sauce made from scratch using vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, thyme and oregano. I love that the crust is so flavorful, it adds so much to the pizza, in addition to the 100% real cheese and premium meat and veggie toppings. We loved having lots of options to choose from too, there was something for everyone: Primo Pepperoni, Supreme Speciale, Spinach & Mushroom, Margherita.
After dinner and our tasty pizzas, it’s time for games or movies (sometimes both!). We’ve found that a little scheduling and planning ahead we are able to make time for friends and relationships that go beyond playdates. It’s nice to hang out and have fun, gathered around good food and good company !
Have you found it more difficult to connect with your friends after your kids were born? How do you work through it?
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