How To Spend Time Without Kids[twitter]It happens every summer. When the boys go off and spend a week with their grandparents, Jen and I are left alone in a quiet, empty house to live a life without kids. And we’re bored. Here’s my latest for Babble:

“What do you want to do?” I asked my wife, eager at the opportunity to head out into a beautiful summer night without fighting with our kids about bath, bed, brushing teeth, or whatever.

“I don’t know. What do you want to do?” she replied.

I leaned a little closer to her on the couch and flicked through the channels again. For some reason, it landed on American Ninja Warrior. Twenty minutes later, I asked her if we were actually going to do anything.

“I’m good,” she replied.

Our wild week without children was off to a yawning start. The boys were away with their grandparents at a lake for the week. This was our first night back in a child-free life and we were well and truly bored.

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  1. Quentin Verhoven December 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

    As a father of 4, a husband and a full time employee being able to balance everything seem nearly impossible! I can honestly say after working 8 plus hours and then coming home to play with the kids before bed the thought of doing anything but watch the TV and more than likely doze off once or twice. It seems impossible for my wife and i to get some spare time to do something together besides watching TV. When we have a sitter (which is hard with 4!) we struggle to think of something to do, most of the time it’s grocery shopping! I honestly believe that it is important to set time aside to have a nice kid free dinner with your wife to keep the spark alive! I remember it was probably day 2 of our 4 day honeymoon and I already missed the kids! When you have kids it is amazing the change that comes with it, everything you see reminds you of them even the littlest thing. When you do have that alone time with your significant other the conversation always seems to lead to the kids! Thank you for this article it is nice to know that we are not the only ones that have a tough time deciding what to do when there are no kids around to make the decision for you!

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