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The date-night guilt trip

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs
By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs
By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

Moms, it's Valentine's Day weekend, and hopefully you have plans to go out with your sweetie. If not, your man needs to get on the ball! I don't know about you, but as a new mom, date night is rare. My husband and I try to have a date night once a month, but sometimes life gets in the way. You know how it is!

When we finally do get to have an actual date night (and I'm not talking about renting a movie and ordering pizza, I'm talking a real, out-to-dinner-and-a-movie date night) sometimes I feel guilty. I know I'm not the only mom who feels this way. Other moms I talk to feel it too, stay-at-home moms and working moms alike. It's the date-night guilt trip that we give ourselves. I don't know why we do it.

Whether you work, or your husband works or both, you know that week nights are just crazy busy. Especially for you moms with more than one kiddo, or those of you that have kids that are in involved in sports or activities. It can be tough. When the weekend finally comes, I just want some family time with my boys. So when it's time for date-night, I start feeling guilty. I just want us to have some down time as a family. I don't want my husband and I to go out without Jude being there too. Moms, you know how it is. Well, it's time for us to get rid of the guilt!

Some more-experienced moms gave me this advice, so I'll just pass it along to you: STOP FEELING GUILTY! Date night is necessary for couples! We need to make time to spend together. It makes for a happier home for everyone, including the kids. It's mom and dad who hold a home together, so if you don't make time to go out to dinner, or a movie, or even just out for coffee, that foundation could just slowly slip away. So moms, no more date-night guilt trips. It's something you need to do!

For those of you who follow the blog regularly, I've included some new photos of my little 16-month-old man, Jude. He's getting so big. I've also included some tips from a pediatrician on how you can show love to your kids too.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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