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The Benefits of Date Night: For a Couple, Single Parents, and the Kids!

Everyone has heard that date nights strengthens a relationship, but at Miss Christa’s Music Studio, it doesn’t only benefit the parents, but also the kids! Miss Christa’s Music Studio offers an opportunity for parents to go on a date night the 2nd Friday and/or Saturday of every month with educational babysitting for only $25! The babysitting is available from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, and a discount is available for siblings! The best part about the whole thing is the babysitting is educational, fun, and offers an opportunity for a night out for the parents!

The benefits of this opportunity are endless! The situation is a win-win scenario for everyone and here’s why:

For the Couples:

According to the National Marriage Project, there are 5 benefits for couples to go out on a date every once in a while.

  1. Date nights offer a chance for the couple to communicate, which is key in a relationship. People are continuingly changing, and by having time to talk to one another, couples are less likely to see problems dealing with change down the road.
  2. Researchers are discovering that “couples who engage in novel activities that are fun enjoy higher levels of relationship quality.” Therefore, date night = better relationship.
  3. For couples who have been together for a long period of time, dates can “rekindle the fire” and let each other remember why they love each other.
  4. Regular date nights have shown an increase in a couple’s commitment to each other, decreasing the chance of infidelity.
  5. Having date nights helps relieve stress, and enjoy time together away from everyday stress.
    9In Athens, 9 Tables is a great place for couples to enjoy an elegant and relaxing meal, while you are able to go to any restaurant, 9 Tables is highly recommended.

For the Single Parents:

Having a night off of parenting, from going out with friends or enjoying some alone time, can impact not only you, but your children. You’re a single parent, you do a lot, and you deserve a little time off here and there. You need to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your kids. This opportunity can help you de-stress, relax, and essentially, be a better parent. According for Forbes.com, “This (a stress free environment) is what will ultimately help their growing brains wire normally, without having to accommodate for some vague sense of impending danger as they develop, which may or may not exist.” This doesn’t only go for single parents, but all parents.

Comparing the benefits of a night out, and the benefits for children living in a stress free environment shows enough reason to take up this opportunity. Not only do your kids benefit from how date night affects you, but the babysitting is a wonderful chance for the kids!

For the Kids:

At Miss Christa’s Music Studio, the babysitting service for Date Night, isn’t the typical babysitting you would expect. This isn’t a local teenager watching TV while your child plays in the other room. Miss Christa’s Music Studio offers a different kind of babysitting every parent will love because of these reasons:

  • Education! While at the studio, your kids will be surrounded by an environment that encourages learning. Music is a great way to educate, and will be available at the studio.
  • Friends! The studio takes up to 12 children, allowing your child to intact with his/her peers. This allows for friendship to be made, which is never a bad thing!
  • Dinner! Though the studio does not provide dinner, if you bring dinner with the child, the studio will gladly feed him/her. This way you can go out to dinner, and keep your child on their regular eating schedule.
  • Clean and Safe! Babysitting is provided by adults who are constantly around children and provide a clean and safe environment.
  • Fun! Babysitting at Miss Christa’s Music Studio is so fun, you won’t feel guilty for leaving your kids with a babysitter!

Don’t waste anymore time and get signed up! Don’t forget, if you have more than one child, ask about the discount available!

To see more about Christa’s Music Studio:
Phone: (740) 854-4011
Email: christa.miss@gmail.com
Website: http://www.misschristamusic.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/misschristasmusicstudio

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WOW What a weekend

I need a weekend to recover from the weekend. Greg and I started our trek through the Athens Winter Jazz/Blues Festival by going to Casa Nueva Friday night. We headed out about the time I’m normally going to bed. We heard some excellent old rock and roll by the D&R Studio Band and then some good ole blues by the R&B Station. Mike Doughty of the R&B Station is the mastermind behind the festival. He also did a great job tutoring Sarah on the bass at the workshop on Saturday. With his help, we may have convinced her to stay with it – she CAN do it.

Mark Pender is absolutely the nicest guy and a real trooper. After flight delays out of NYC he didn’t get to Athens until 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He was at Alexander High School by 9:45 and spent the day working with our kids on improvisation, playing technique. I love what he told them about practicing –every day even for a little bit. I know they hear it from teachers and parents but maybe hearing it from someone famous it will sink in. (nah- probably not). Anyway, from there he went to dinner at Toscano’s (delicious) with the members of R&B Station, the Athens County Convention and Visitor Center employees, and the VIPS (of which Greg and I were two). He ate his dinner and then promptly got up and joined the Jazztet for a set before embarking on an incredibly long evening of playing at every venue in the festival.

We left Toscano’s and headed to ArtsWest to hear the Alexander Jazz Band play. Mark joined them there and helped them show off what they had learned through the workshop. They ended the concert by parading the entire band (except the rhythm section that stayed on stage to hold things together – great job gang!) and improvising on a tune, BABY, he had brought with him.

From there we went to Brenen’s Coffee House and took Sarah and Kyle with us. We heard a very entertaining, excellent performance by Cheryl Renee. I didn’t buy her CD that night, but I ordered it this morning. After a TWO HOUR set by Cheryl Renee, that woman is an amazing powerhouse to perform by herself for that long, Mark played with her on the last couple of numbers. We then headed out to Casa to hear R&B Station one more time.

Sunday was a full day of jazz and blues by II Juicy, OU Jazz, Alex Jazz, R&B Station. We didn’t quite make it through the whole concert. Four hours is a long time for Hannah to hang out some place like that. But, we loved II Juicy. The vocalist, Juicy, was incredible and very versatile, the band was T-I-G-H-T tight. Absolute terrificly entertaining.

OU Jazz played some wonderful big band jazz. We are looking forward to going to their concert on February 29. And of course, our Alex Kids made us proud by giving an even better performance on Sunday than they did on Saturday. You guys ROCK!

I hope to get a slideshow put together from the entire weekend. But, I have some real work to do first. I think the Kindermusik families would prefer I have lesson plans done this week. My bank account would prefer I do some billing and office work. So, I’ll get pictures up soon. Until then, I will post this one of Sarah, Mark and I taken at Brenen’s Saturday evening.sarahmarkchrista1.jpg

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