LIFESTYLE- When the kids aren’t around, it’s easy to want to sit and do nothing for a break. But your marriage can easily fall into a rut if you and your spouse don’t take advantage of those stolen moments with each other. Balance your children and married life with fun things couples should do together right now to strengthen your bond with each other.
Plan a Date Night Together
Parents always welcome a spontaneous date night. But in the downtime between those spontaneous breaks away from your routine, plan a complete date night together. Date nights don’t have to be expensive to be fun either. Plan a cheap date night that gets you both out of the house without having to analyze your family budget.
Many of the workouts that are best for women are also good exercises for men. Team up and exercise together. Not only will you two get to spend time together, but you’ll also get in better shape.
You know the old saying, “The couple that cooks together stays together,” right? Well, break out the measuring cups and cookbook to spice things up in the kitchen.
Then, cook your meal together and enjoy a nice quiet dinner for just the two of you. Can you get out of the house? Take a cooking class together to learn some new recipes and cooking techniques.
May I have this dance? Play those old records (if you still have them) or put on your favorite mp3s. Ask your spouse for a dance in the kitchen. Or, take your moves out on the town and hit the dance clubs.
Read a Book Together
Curl up on the couch or in bed and read a book together. Read out loud or read together quietly. Start your own private book club for the two of you. Discuss the books you’re reading over coffee or your favorite meal
Take up New Hobbies Together
He loves video games and you would rather be scrapbooking. Find common ground and look for hobbies you would enjoy together. There could be a simple connection between your hobbies, such as bird watching on a nature walk. Your partner modifies their love of hunting to spying through binoculars and you take pictures of the birds you find for a special scrapbook.
Play Games Together
You probably play your fair share of Candy land and Chutes and Ladders throughout the day. Save some game time for your spouse. Whether you’re hitting the Xbox together or sitting down for some face-to-face time with the best card and board games, games can be a great stress reliever, present you with plenty of moments to laugh, and test your competitive spirit. Game on!
Watch TV and Movies Together
Sure, you watch TV and movies together. It’s one of the simplest activities you can do at the end of another long day of kid raising. But, be sure it’s just the two of you in the room. No gadgets. No status updates. No sitting far apart. Sit together. Hold hands.
Just as you can make TV interactive when watching with the whole family, you can do the same when it’s just you and your spouse. It’s also a great time to snuggle and get closer while doing something so routine as watching TV or a movie.
Get Away Together
Pack your suitcase and get away for the night, weekend, or a week-long trip. A romantic getaway recharges you both and gives you some quality time outside of your familiar walls. If your budget is tight, opt for a one-night excursion and place your bid on a local hotel through Priceline. If your low bid doesn’t win any of the hotels in the star rating you choose, you don’t pay. Give it a try for a low-cost getaway that’s right around the corner from your home.
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