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What Tricks Do You Use to Squeeze in Couple Time?

Those of us who aren't up for an Oscar need some grown-up time too.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to what couples with kids can do to sneak in some grown-up time:

According to the Hollywood rumor mill, long-time friends Brad Pitt and George Clooney have a friendly wager related to the outcome of tonight's Academy Awards. If Pitt wins the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Moneyball, Clooney will be forced to babysit all six of Pitt and Angelina Jolie's children so the couple can go out on a date. Pitt says that outing will likely last longer than a normal date, too. Now we want you to share your ideas:

What tricks do you use to squeeze in couple time?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Jennifer Marangos (Editor) February 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM
My parents got the boys a Wii for their birthdays earlier this month. Lately, after we put the kids to bed, we have a husband and wife Wii competition. It's a much better date night for us than turning on the TV or popping in a movie, since I am typically sitting in my chair snoring well before the closing credits roll!
Beth February 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I try to (although not as often as I'd like) have dinner on a Friday night after the kids are in bed. I try to make something special that the kids wouldn't be crazy about anyway and we enjoy it after they are in bed with some wine. We'll even get take out and have it after they are in bed too. We also love to play Wii and cards. The kids are in bed pretty much by 8 every night so theoretically, we should have some good "alone" time but often other things prevail (including the TV) and we don't always have "quality" alone time.
Lisa Amey February 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Sometimes we'll put the kids to bed a little earlier and watch a movie. Or when the kids are watching a movie, sometimes we'll use that time to discuss something important without interruption from them.
MS February 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The past couple of weeks we have actually used the grocery store run as our couple time, the kids are old enough to be home for about an hour without arguing...lol....and that's our chance....we take what we can right now.
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@Missy Moyer-Schneck. We do that too...our kids aren't quite old enough to leave alone yet, but we have been known to make the trek out to Wegmans on Tilghman to take advantage of the child care they offer. Two birds with one stone!
Jennifer Willenbrock February 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The younger one is easy, she just sleeps all day. The older one plays with her new DS or watches a movie in her own bedroom...she is pretty independed.
Lisa Merk February 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We've done different things through the years....ones that comes to mind that may be a little out of the ordinary though is go to church. We put the kids in the child care and we able to just sit (and even hold hands!) for an hour.
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
@Lisa Merk...Sunday school is one of our favorite times of the week...we get about 15 minutes in coffee hour BY OURSELVES to talk WITHOUT INTERRUPTION before the kids are done with Sunday school. What a great way to start the week! ;-)

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