On Christmas morning each of the older 2 kids (we’ll be doing it with the older 3 this year) received 12 envelopes in their stocking. Each envelope had a month of the year written on it (January through December) and inside each of the envelopes was a date card for a date with either mom or dad!
They put the envelopes away in one of their dresser drawers and when January 1st rolled around they got to open the first one! One of the kids got a specific date with me and the other got a specific date with Ryan (to be scheduled for sometime that month). Then when Feb 1st arrived they did the same thing (and again on the first of each month throughout the year!)
You guys… I knew that the kids would at least like the idea. But I had no idea just HOW MUCH they would LOVE it and look forward to the first day of every month – all the way up through December!
It was a huge hit for our family so I wanted to share with all of you the cards that I made for us to use this year in case you wanted to do the same thing!
I put 12 specific dates with mom, and 12 specific dates with dad (so that those who are single parent families can have enough for the whole year!), and then I also left some blank ones on the end of each one in case you wanted to add something that I didn’t have listed on ours.
My recommendation would be to print these out on nice cardstock paper so that they will stay in good condition. Last year I did this at the last minute and didn’t have any cardstock so I printed it out on regular paper and then glued it onto colored construction paper. Let me know if you have any other ideas for how to implement this!
Just click on one of the buttons below to download the PDF file for either date nights with mom or date nights with dad!
I would love to hear any other ideas for how to use the cards! I was thinking these would make great Valentine’s Day gifts too!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, gifts-throughout-the-year idea for non-kids (this would actually be perfect for your kids to give to YOU) then check out this Christmas Coupon Book put together by my friend Jen at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam!