Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Be a Cheap Date

Even if you're game for quality time together, a night out can get expensive. Dr. Pape Cowan encourages couples to focus on togetherness by going on a $2 date. "It's amazing how budget-conscious parents can be -- they beg friends to babysit, and just sit on a park bench and talk." You can also have date night at home. Jennifer and Dave Lucchese, of Vienna, Virginia, miss their freedom now that they have two kids. "We make it a priority to put them to bed early so we can eat dinner alone," she says. "We light candles and keep the TV off."

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