This past weekend my wife and some of the other wives/moms who are in our circle of friends had their Moms’ Night Out. They typically do this 2-3 times per year, and it always seems to come at just the right time for my wife. Right when she is at or near the point of burnout.
I am thankful for the relationships she has developed with this group of ladies, and love how they pour into each other when and where they need it most. However, on the other end of the spectrum, while the ladies are hanging out, being renewed and refreshed, it can be a different story for the dads.
What does a moms’ night out mean for dads?
Moms’ Night Out means dads’ night in with kids. As much as we think we have it together, we always learn that our wives, the mothers of our children, run a more efficient “ship” than we do. With me at the helm we usually end up late to where we need to go. We usually end up eating way too late, or eating stuff we shouldn’t. And sometimes one of the kids leaves the house without something vital, like their emergency medicine/EpiPen.
What I am trying to say is us dads could use some help during moms’ night out/dads’ night in with the kids. So, fellas I am here to help, with some assistance from some moms of course.
Below are the top 12 do’s and top 12 don’ts for dads during moms’ night out. Courtesy of the movie, Moms’ Night Out. Enjoy and be sure to follow each tip! 🙂
A dad’s top 12 do’s and don’ts during moms’ night out.
- Do count the number of you kids you have at the start of the evening. Don’t have fewer kids than you started with at the end of the evening.
- Do teach your kids how they can help you around the yard/house. Don’t teach them how to use the chainsaw for pruning.
- Don’t call your wife…no matter how tough it gets. Do call your wife if you end up in the Emergency Room.
- Do let them pick their favorite restaurant for supper with you. Don’t let them pick the Pizza Playland without backup…lots of backup!
- Do invite another dad and his kids to share the evening with your family. Don’t allow that dad to sneak away and leave you with all the kids.
- Do let them have a cookie after supper. Don’t let them eat chocolate cake for supper.
- Do wrestle with your kids and roll on the ground. Don’t try this immediately after meals.
- Do let them color a pretty picture for mommy. Don’t let them color it on the living room wall.
- Do ignore your emails. Don’t ignore the noises coming from the baby monitor.
- Do let your kids stay up later than they normally get to. Don’t head off to bed before your kids do. (This would be me.)
- Do read your kids a calming bedtime story. Don’t let them watch Frankenstein before bedtime.
- Do say a thankful bedtime prayer with your kids. Don’t hide in the closet praying for your wife to come home early!
Hopefully this will help you to have a successful dads’ night in with the kids so your wife won’t be scared to have moms’ night out with her girlfriends.
What is your top tip for having a successful night in with the kids?