5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children

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How many of you are parents to young children?  People who are super busy? Maybe don’t work the same shifts very often.  Well here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children, easy dates to do at home in the morning over coffee to spend some quality time together, while still minding children.

I used to have a monthly series on my blog called the Date Night Challenge, all date ideas you can do at home once the kids are in bed.  The idea was sometimes parents don’t have a chance to get out of the house very often, but you should still have a chance to connect.  Doing dates once the kids are in bed is a great way to still have a chance to see each other and still get quality time.  Well ironically enough, I had to stop doing that series because frankly we were too tired at the end of the day.  Movie date nights are pretty much the norm in this house and not exactly a lot of scope to blog about. But they are a perfectly acceptable way to connect and relax at the end of a long day working and chasing young children.

How to connect on a Weekend morning

A new tradition has been developed on Sunday mornings, we have coffee or tea, and play some games.  Doing our quality time and dates in the morning is easier on us, we are both alert and have energy so we are able to do more together.   The thing is, we have little children, so whatever we do can’t have a million pieces, take a long time to set-up or take-down.  Unless, they happen to be going to the park for an hour with Grandpa, then we can.

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Here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children:

Mancala

Mancala

A new personal favourite of ours to play together.  The kids do like the colourful stones, but it’s easy to play even with distractions.

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

My amazing hubby bought me a travel (I think, it’s awfully small and doesn’t have a game board) Harry Potter Trivia.  Poor guy had no idea what he was in for, like he could possibly beat me at Harry Potter trivia!  It was an amazing gift and we love playing it now.

 

Mille Bourne

Card games

We like Mille Bourne, not too many cards to set up and the games chttp://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6710&action=editan be super short.  We usually only play one or two hands, not the whole game to 5000 points.  I like cribbage as well for ease of playing and being to play only a few hands at a time.

Board Games

Board Games

We like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan, but there are a lot of pieces, so we have to make sure the kids are distracted for awhile and we play a shorter version.

 

If Books

If Books

My sister uses these as wedding presents, a great way to open up conversations with people and connect on a different level.  Usually, with questions you wouldn’t even think of asking normally.  Such as, if you could have a dinner with three people, anyone alive or dead, who would they be.  If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go.  They are a really fun way to discover what someone is thinking about something when you may not know otherwise.

 

What are your favourite ways to connect with your partner while the kids are around and you are home?  Any fun ways to spend quality time while exhausted and on no sleep?

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I used to do a blog series called Date Night Challenge, check out some of these easy date night ideas below.

 

 

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Date Night Challenge #6 – Communication 

 

If you have not heard of the Five Love Languages, you are seriously missing out.  This is based on Gary Chapman’s theory that everyone has five basic love languages, but every one of us is different in how we perceive our love languages.  The five love languages are:

  • Acts of Service
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Quality Time
  • Physical Affection
  • Words of Affirmations

If you want to truly show your partner that you love them, then you need to focus on THEIR love languages.  For example I am big on acts of service, if my husband wants to show me he loves me, lessen my workload!  Put the kids to bed, empty the dishwasher etc.  A hug is awesome and sweet, but nothing says love like a clean house that I didn’t have to clean!  Whereas, my husband is more along the lines of affection, so while I clean the house for him to show him I care, that means nothing to him, a big hug and a kiss when he comes home from work would mean a lot more to him.  It is really important to make sure that you are gearing your appreciation towards each other based on THEIR love language and not yours.  That is how you make sure that your partner knows you truly care.

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Your mission for date night tonight, kind of like a fun productive homework assignment, discover your love languages and talk about it so you are on the same page.

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Materials needed:

  • Computer, laptop, tablet, etc. ideally two so you can each do it at the same time.
  • A beverage of choice, hot chocolate, scotch, etc.

IMG_7779Log in to the website, and fill out the survey as honestly as you can.  Make sure at the end you use the e-mail option to send your partner a copy of your results.  Spend some time reviewing your results so you understand what your love language is.  Understanding your love language needs is very important in helping your partner understand you and giving you better clarity of what you need/want in a relationship.

Next review your partner’s results while they review yours.  Take some time to read and understand the top love languages for them.  It is also a great way to show you how they may be trying in their own way to tell you how much they love you all the time, but because that is not your language you did not understand, now you understand to look for those signs as a way they try to tell you they care.

Put the devices away and talk.  Understand what your partner needs to feel loved and appreciated.   Brainstorm some ways and ideas in which you can ensure you are making your partner feel needed and loved and speak to them in their “love language”.

I found the results very interesting, my husband and I realized that we had been speaking very different languages.  It also helped us understand that we had been showing each other love and appreciation, but in our own way which may not have been interpreted as such.  It is also good to know and be more understanding, my husband’s love language of physical touch was very high on his list, so when he hugs me and holds my hand, he is telling me a lot more than I realized he was.  Top of my list was gifts, (which was the bottom of his) so he had no idea how much love and effort I tried to put into gifts for him.  We both learned a lot about each other and how to help the other feel loved.

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I am not affiliated or making any money whatsoever off this post, I just think the love languages are super cool and productive.  I know there are a few love languages books, but I have not read it yet. I hope to soon!

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Have you heard of the love languages?  What are your top love languages?  If you have read the book do you recommend them?

Please comment below if you try this out. There are a few other date night challenges you can try as well.  Use the hashtag #RFAKDateNightChallenge if you post on Instagram and Twitter.

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Date Night #4 – Fondue Date

If you have been following my blog before now you will now this is a monthly series I do where I post an easy idea for a date you can do with your partner to connect at home once the kids are in bed.  Usually for cheaply because who does not like to be frugal?  If you are new, welcome!  This is the fourth in the series so if you are looking for some other ideas on easy dates to do at home then don’t forget to check out the previous three at the bottom of the post.   It can be hard as a parent with young children to go anywhere,  I have a nursing baby so I tend to not go very far from home, and rarely at night.  It is important for my husband and I to still get quality time in and connect with each other so it is my mission to provide fun dates for us to do at least once a month, hopefully easy ones that you can do at home with your love.

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Date Night Challenge 4 - Fondue Date: It is very important to connect with your partner on a regular basis, have some fun, focus on each other, and remember why you are together.

Idea:  A date night at home, can even be during the week after work (that was the only time that worked for our schedule) with some delicious Fondue.

Supplies Needed:

  • Candles
  • Wine
  • Fondue Pot, forks, and burner
  • Fondue (either in the package or home-made, I posted a great recipe Wednesday you can try).

Method:

Set the table as romantic as possible, I did it while the kids were still awake so as soon as they were asleep we could eat.  Table cloth, candles, wine glasses (even if it is just for water, it feels fancier), fondue, fixings.

Results:

It was great!  My husband unfortunately had a long hard day at work and was home super late, right after the kids were in bed actually, so he was starving when he walked in and ready to eat.  I think the date already set up really helped relieve some of his stress as it immediately distracted him from his work issues and put his mind on more important things, like me!  Just kidding, on melted cheese and yummy bread, it’s hard to be in a bad mood while (delicately) stuffing your face with that and other delicious foods!

Just a quick 40 minute romantic meal date and then we could veg on the couch and be exhausted, that 40 minute re-charge was great though.  It really changed our moods and also was a good excuse for an amazing dinner!

You can make your fondue from those packages at the grocery store, and those certainly are good, but home-made fondue is absolutely AMAZING!  If you have not tried to make it yourself before I highly recommend it.  Super easy and not a lot of ingredients needed.  Check out my recipe here for an easy one to try.

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Here are some other date night challenges to try:

Dates to do with your Sweetie - PT Date Night Challenge 3 Wrapping and Eggnog - PT Date Night Challenge 2 Date Night Challenge 2 - Everyone needs to reconnect, relax, and enjoy some time together having fun. Here are easy date night challenges to do at home once the kids are asleep.
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