Three Sneaky Parent Dates You Should Try Now

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Getting out of the house with your partner can be tough when you have a little one (or a few little ones). While date night can be lots of fun, finding a reliable sitter, shelling out the cash, and trying to get out the door just as your little one is hitting their bedtime grouchies is certainly not. While my husband and I tend to spend most of our quality time as family time, we have found a few ways to catch a date without throwing off our little one's schedule or spending extra money on childcare.

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The Working-Parent-Lunch-Date

If you and your partner both work outside the home then you probably already have daytime child care. If one of you heads to work an hour early, and one stays an hour late, you can probably sneak in a long lunch somewhere between your offices. While a mid-day date doesn't carry quite the romance of an evening out, any meal that you get to share with your spouse, without having to request a high chair, counts as a date.

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The Baby-Fell-Asleep-in-the-Car Date

Sometimes if you get really lucky, your tot will fall asleep in his car seat on the way home from a family dinner. When he does, instead of taking him straight home and placing him gently in his crib, hit the road and spend some time with your spouse. Sure, your little one is in the backseat, but you can drive through for some ice cream, drive up to a spot with a view, and get a reminder of what the world looks like after 8:00pm.

{ MORE: 4 At-Home Date Ideas for Brand New Parents }

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The Grandma's-in-Town Date

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When grandma comes to town, she probably offers to watch your little one while you run errands. Instead of heading to Costco, grab some snacks, catch a movie and head back to your little one refreshed and reconnected.

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Three Sneaky Parent Dates You Should Try Now

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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