You tell the kids - Dad has to get up very early. So when we go in our room and shut the door - please do not knock on the door unless it is an emergency. If you are sick come get us. If the house is on fire or something like that come get us. But other than that - bed time is bed time.
As for the dog - WTF. If our pets ever disrupted our sex life more than once - well best not to finish that thought.
As for the original poster. Relax and get a little crazy - he will like it and I bet you will to.
Originally Posted by PBear
Your kids are 11 and 6. How late are they staying up? For us, giving the kids 30 minutes or so to fall asleep and locking the bedroom door was good enough. While they're awake? Maybe when they're old and are less dependent, I guess... Ours are 12 and 10. And as an FYI, they're in bed by 9:30 on a school night.
Chris's suggestion about making short term plans is good... A quick text message saying "Meet you in the bedroom tonight" can put a smile on most people's faces...
Oh, and Sunday mornings were a favorite time too... Or Saturday, if the kids were up and watching cartoons already.
And yes, the dog being able to interrupt any activities would be a no-no.