We have 5 kids, just 2 of whom are left at home nowadays. One has some special needs. Sometimes we couldn’t afford a sitter, and special needs puts extra strains and difficulties on the whole situation. We have gone out to get Chinese food at our favorite place (or sometimes just ice cream!), brought it home, and eaten in the car. We banned the kids from coming out, ate and talked for a couple hours on more than one occasion. We endorse Date Night!