Whilst chatting to one of my best friends, Caroline, a fellow mum of three no-less, earlier, we realised something: that we’re both fans of Day Dates: hiring a babysitter and enjoying a date during the day with our husbands (as opposed to late-night dining and drinking) lapping up lunch, shopping and a glass a wine, basically pretending time and spontaneity is still our oyster two kids later.

As Caroline said, ‘I’m not bothered about going out at night anyway. Day dates mean no hangovers and a chance to shop and eat. What could be better?’.

Nothing, that’s what!

Last week Peter and I were meant to be spending the day at a spa but I’d underestimated the distance to get there and on realising it would be a 4 hour round-trip, we duly cancelled and spent the day in my former Happy Place: Westfield in Hammersmith, shopping for my mumboss uniform aka leisurewear in the Nike shop and eating copious amounts of World Cuisine and several times too throughout the day, thanks to the Food Hall as well as catching up with one another, you know, actually talking and laughing without little people tugging at coats, needing the twentieth wee in an hour and pleading for WiFi so they can catch a freaking Pokemon.

Adult time is pretty damn delicious and necessary.

Look, we live for our kids, we really do but we also acknowledge how vital it is to take time to gift one another some TLC (and Nike sportswear) every now and again too: to take a break from the daily routine and our kids (despite spending most of the date talking about the little munchkins) and enjoying ourselves with a spot of carefree daytime fun!

Day dates are the future. Honest.

Let me know if you try one too!


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7 Responses

  1. Darren Lawson

    Yes! I totally agree. As a parent, how can you even consider staying out late and spending most of the next day feeling like utter crap!?
    A day date gives you a fun day out together, whilst still covering the responsibility of parenthood.
    I love a day date. Just need to find willing baby sitters (Not easy).

  2. Emerald

    Yyyyep! And me.

    Once the dark nights sweep in all I want to do is get into my pyjamas and watch telly. But I’m totally up for going out early doors and making the most of the sunlight.

    I don’t drink alcohol, so that’s that problem taken care of. But I just looove being in a warm house on a wintry night rather than freezing in the queue for a club.

  3. Kate

    Love this Vicki! We’ve started doing the kids a separate dinner on a Friday after school and once they are tucked up in bed we’ll have a “Dine in for 2” kind of meal which is lovely, it feels like date night without having to go out. But it is good to get out together just the 2 of you, so I think I’m going to have to try this x

  4. Sharon Sinclair-Williams

    We are all about ‘Day Dates’ even though our kids are now grown ups. Don’t get me wrong I love all kinds of dates but I think there is something quite decadent about a ‘Day Date.’ I think you explore and fit so much more in. We lived for our kids too but nice to have adult time xo


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