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Cast Your Vote:

    • once a month -- Votes: 40
    • once a week -- Votes: 20
    • bi-annually -- Votes: 2
    • once a year for my anniversary -- Votes: 3
How often should parents go out? user banned
23rd Jun '13

Should they go out once a week? Once a month? A couple of times a month? Not including school or important things like work or appointments. I'm talking about going out with friends to play pool, drink, go to a concert, etc.

Turd Ferguson Bangkok, Thailand 4583 posts
23rd Jun '13

I don't think there's a specific right or wrong amount of socializing.



As long as your family's needs are met, your children are well cared for, and you're not going out to do anything that would destroy any of the above....

TmA's mommy 33 kids; South Carolina 1823 posts
23rd Jun '13

I don't think there is an issue with once or twice a week, maybe more as long as they have someone trust worthy to watch the kids and the kids are not feeling neglected. Dh and I basically never go out alone but that is by choice, we like having ds with us.

Nigel Thornberry 1 child; New Hampshire 6415 posts
23rd Jun '13

There's no right or wrong amount, it's different for everyone.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
23rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥ darah ♥:</b>" Should they go out once a week? Once a month? A couple of times a month? Not including school or important ... [snip!] ... important things like work or appointments. I'm talking about going out with friends to play pool, drink, go to a concert, etc."</blockquote>




I'm a single mom and I go out about once a week sometimes more. My parents have a room at my house and I leave after my boys are in bed. It's all about them and work minus the few hours a week I have time to myself and their sleeping and not missing me lol

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
23rd Jun '13

I say a few times a year..

user banned Colorado 21030 posts
23rd Jun '13

I just ask because my husband goes out almost every weekend, while I go closer to once a month to once every two months. Last night it was the neighbor's birthday so I went out with her - she and I are good friends - and they commented on how often my husband goes out (they live across the street so they can see who comes and goes.) Lately I kind of feel like it's unfair.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
23rd Jun '13

Whenever they want? I mean if someone is watching their children and they are safe... who are we to say?

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4689 posts
23rd Jun '13

Ehh, I don't think this is something that could be gauged. It differs from every family dynamic. Like my SIL and BIL go out and have free time maybe once a month...DH and I have done it once in the past 2 1/2 years.



I think as long as the needs are met at home there really isn't a "right" or "wrong" answer.

. Way, MA, United States 73777 posts
23rd Jun '13

I think once a week or every other week is fine. As long as it's not interfering with your ability to take care of and spend time with your LO/s then nbd.

♀NoBoysAllowed 19 kids; San Diego, California 51862 posts
23rd Jun '13

I think once a month or bi-weekly is reasonable. For me, it's more like bi-annual lol.

~Milk*Jugs~ 4 kids; La Quinta, California 1978 posts
23rd Jun '13

Our goal is one date night a week, but we can't afford it right now. We go out a few times a year now.

Turd Ferguson Bangkok, Thailand 4583 posts
23rd Jun '13

My SO and I have a date night, whether it's a movie/drinks or dinner at home every weekend.



That being said, it wouldn't be that way if I wasn't divorced. We go the day that my kids are with their dad.

castaway 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18092 posts
23rd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Turd Ferguson:</b>" I don't think there's a specific right or wrong amount of socializing. As long as your family's needs ... [snip!] ... are met, your children are well cared for, and you're not going out to do anything that would destroy any of the above...."</blockquote>




:!:



putting a number on it seems silly. Sometimes we will go out twice a week for 2 months, then not go out at all for 3 months. eh.

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1733 posts
23rd Jun '13

I think once a month is perfect but for single parents it can definitely be more because of the stress and need for a break : )