It's tricky business, balancing all the people you love in your life.
And with 5 kids it can be challenging to make sure they are all getting the individual attention they need and deserve.
And with one kid, it can be challenging to say no to them, in order to get time with the person who (hopefully) you love more. The person with whom your love created this little animal.
So that is where “your night” comes in to play.
Every kid in our family gets “your night” once a month. It's basically their opportunity to stay up past bed time and get unadulterated adult time. (pure adulterated time?)
What they do with it is purely up to them. But the night is purely up to the adults.
Our kids look forward to the changing of the months, as they start asking “when is my night going to be?”
We schedule their nights on our terms, preferably not a Monday. Or a Friday. Or a Saturday.
And then they get to come down and have 2 parents dote upon them. Or read to them. Or paint their fingernails. Or watch a movie with the adult.
It isn't about going bowling, or on a date, it's about having our full attention.
The length of a night is purely up to us as well. It can be as short as 30 minutes, or as long as 2 hours, depending on what we need it to be. It can even be cleaning the kitchen together.