A Cheap Date with Childcare, by Ikea

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Sometimes even the smallest break can make a difference. Just the other day on a trip to Ikea, the husband and I had the luxury of quietly shopping while our son gleefully enjoyed his one-hour stop at Smaland. A recent New York Times article discusses how many parents are discovering the thrill of an Ikea "date" and taking advantage of the opportunity presented.

In "A Cheap Date, With Child Care by Ikea", Michelle Higgins writes, "Over-stretched, money-conscious parents are using the store’s supervised play area as their personal baby-sitting service." For instance, there's single dad James Rotino who takes his son to Ikea once a week after preschool and Kristy and Matt Hall who visit regularly with their 2-year-old son who add, "It’s a very creative way to get a night out and see if you can capture a little social life."

What about you? Do you go to your local Ikea for more than just furniture?

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