Spending time with your spouse is extremely important. It keeps your relationship healthy and alive. It helps develop stronger connections and builds trust. It also helps you to communicate better. Most of us get sucked into our day so often that we forget that the person we are spending our life with needs attention too.
For most of us, our daily jobs take up the majority of our time. Whether you work in your home or you leave to go to to work it takes a big chunk of your day away. Besides just our jobs, we have our own personal hobbies and family to take care of or maybe even a pet. So when you sit and analyze the amount of time you actually spend doing something with your spouse it really doesn’t amount to much at all. Statistics have shown that the longer you are with your spouse the amount of quality time decreases. About 25% of couples whom are married have regular date nights.
There are several excuses couples come up with to not being able to have date night or to spend time with one another. The two most common are they don’t have much money or don’t have the time. Below are some examples of how to make time for date night and also some inexpensive ways on what to do on that special night with your spouse.
Schedule it. As a spouse/parent things can tend to be unpredictable. School functions pop up, work load gets heavier, the to do list just keeps getting longer and longer. If you add your date night to the calendar it helps to make sure you have set time for your date. Get some of your to do list out of the way and prepare for an uninterrupted night with your mate. In fact schedule two days right away just in case the first one doesn’t work out you’ll have a backup plan.
Get A Babysitter. Ask a close friend or a trusted family member to watch your children. Another suggestion would be to exchange babysitting. You can watch their child or children so they can have date night and vice versa. Making that exchange saves money and both families are benefiting from it.
Have A Stay In Date. Cook dinner together or order out. Make it a theme night. Watch an Italian mob movie and make some pasta or eat some cake while watching Wedding Crashers. Bring your vacation to your home. Take out some pillows and a blanket and snuggle up on the couch after you are done. Being close together gives you that physical connection you both need. Plus you’ll make fun memories with whatever theme you had for that night!
Take A Drive Or Go For A Walk Together. Enjoy just being with each other. Hold hands and talk. Let each other in on each other’s day. Laugh at each other. Do some high school flirting with each other and remember what it was like to fall in love.
Go Out To Dinner. If money allows it, throw on some dressy clothes and go out for a nice dinner. It gives you plenty of time to spend together, and it allows you to enjoy yourselves, without the hassle of a cleanup afterwards.
Go To The Gym Together. Although this may not sound like your typical date, it is time very well spent with your partner. Not only are you working on your health, but you are doing it as a team. Also if you work out at a recreation center such as the YMCA , they may provide child care for a low price.
Make Fun Coupons. Surprise your spouse with a special homemade coupon book. Add things like a half hour massage, breakfast in bed, bubble bath for two, or maybe even a night of bowling. When redeeming your coupon, it can be considered a mini date!
Sing And Write A song Together. In my house, my spouse and I are always singing and dancing together. You would think you walked into an episode of Glee. My partner plays great guitar and apparently he and I both can hold a note or two (then again we may be the ones that think that!) Nonetheless it’s a great way to bond with one another. It’s an activity we both enjoy and look forward to doing together. Make it even better by uploading it to YouTube and sharing your memories with friends!
There are many ways to spend time with your spouse that doesn’t cost a bunch of money. It just needs time and effort. The more quality time spent together the closer you and your spouse will be. Have fun and fill up your love tank.