On Christmas morning each of the kids receive 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 is 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 rolls around they get to open the first one! Each of the kids gets a specific date with either me or Ryan (to be scheduled for sometime that month). Then when Feb 1st arrives they do the same thing (and again on the first of each month throughout the year!)
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 has been a huge hit for our family so I wanted to share with all of you the cards that I made for us to use 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 (or you could laminate them to use year after year!) 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!
I’m giving away these printable date night cards to all of my email subscribers!! Just enter you email address in the box below, confirm your subscription (watch your email for it, it will come immediately) and then you’ll receive an email with the links for the two downloads!
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!