After The Kids Go To Bed


After The Kids Go To Bed

We’ve fought tooth and nail to have a routine in place whereby our kids go to bed at 7pm, and are roughly asleep by 8pm. It’s been 4 years now, and finally this is almost exactly what happens each night.

It hasn’t been easy. Trust me when I say that.

But what happens after the kids go to bed?

Well often I end up going to bed. Because as most of you know, I get up at 430am every, single, day, so by 730pm, I’m out. I’m falling asleep on the couch.

That’s my routine – kids bed = me asleep.

Sometimes, however, I like to try and stay up and at least converse with my husband and spend time with him as an adult. As his friend. As his wife. Those moments are few and far between, but they do happen.

These moments, I think they’re important. It’s very easy to get caught up in the world of parenting and not connect as a couple.

So what do we do during these moments? Well we usually watch a movie. Eat. Chat. Watch more of the movie.

However sometimes I feel like I should be doing more than that – as a couple. So here are a whole heap of different things to do after the kids go to bed, while at home (that isn’t sex ahahahaha) …

  1. Wine tasting
  2. Beer tasting
  3. Have an indoor picnic
  4. Ice cream night – buy those small containers with different flavours and have an ice cream tasting HA
  5. Make dinner together
  6. Sit down and do some colouring in together (whilst enjoying a drink)
  7. Stargaze together (on a clear night, otherwise you’re just looking at a grey sky LOLOL)
  8. Roast marshmallows over a fire pit (or barbecue)
  9. Play video games together
  10. Binge watch a TV Series on Netflix
  11. Put an air mattress or comfy blankets on the living room floor and fall asleep watching a movie
  12. Exchange foot rubs
  13. Enjoy the night by candle light
  14. Pick a meal from a different culture, research it, and then make it
  15. Have an outside picnic under the stars
  16. Make a playlist of songs that you listened to when you were first together
  17. When you have dinner, dress up all fancy-like
  18. Do a puzzle together
  19. Make two homemade pizzas – one each and then surprise each other with the different pizza
  20. Blind taste test – each pick 5 ingredients from the pantry / fridge, blindfold the other, and then have fun!
  21. Unplug from everything and just be together.
  22. Read aloud to each other
  23. Play a childhood game
  24. Plan a your next trip
  25. Dream together. Talk about where you’d like to be in the next 5, 10, 15 years in your relationship, with the kids, with finances,  in your careers, etc
  26. Do a “Skype” double date with a friend couple who has moved elsewhere
  27. Make a list of the top ten reasons you’re happy to have them as your husband / wife while he makes a list about why he’s happy to have you!
  28. Play cards
  29. Have a really special fancy dessert
  30. Watch the first movie you ever watched together.
  31. Search online for your dream home
  32. Build a fort together, and watch a movie from the fort
  33. Share (or remember together) embarrassing moments from the past.
  34. Look at your wedding album
  35. Buy a whole heap of chocolate you wouldn’t normally eat, and have a chocolate tasting
  36. Have a karaoke night
  37. Play a board game

What’s your favourite thing to do after the kids go to bed?


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