Remember those pre-child evenings of candlelit dinners and quality time together? While those may feel like a distant memory, romance doesn’t have to hibernate when parenthood arrives. In fact, sometimes the most meaningful moments happen in the comfort of your own home. Ditch the babysitter guilt and explore the under-appreciated haven of “date night in!”

Here’s how to rekindle the spark without leaving the couch (or adding to the laundry pile):

  • Dim the lights, but not the fun: Candles are great, but don’t worry about elaborate centerpieces. Snuggling on the couch with popcorn and fairy lights can be just as enchanting.
  • Phone detox alert: Silence those notifications! Put your phones in another room, or at least face down, and give each other your undivided attention.
  • Clear the decks: Dishes can wait. Tidy up just enough to create a clutter-free haven for your evening. Bonus points for hiding the usual kiddie chaos behind a decorative blanket.
  • Forget fancy takeout, embrace the kitchen collab: Choose a simple recipe to tackle together. Sharing laughs over burnt onions and bubbling sauce is just as romantic as a gourmet restaurant dinner.
  • Picnic on the floor: Spread out a blanket in the living room, pack a basket of snacks and drinks, and enjoy a cosy feast surrounded by pillows and rediscover the joy of simply being together.
  • Movie marathon with a twist: Skip the rom-coms and choose a quirky comedy or a genre you both love. Popcorn, cuddles, and shared movie quotes – it’s a low-key magic formula for reconnection.

Date night in isn’t about replicating Hollywood romance, it’s about reclaiming a little time and space for your connection. So go and enjoy a happy date night in (and a healthy dose of sanity)!