Michael and I try to be intentional about asking each other questions that probe past the surface of our days in order to connect on a deeper level. New experiences together are fun and bonding, so put on your heels, compliment his tie, and make a reservation at your favorite restaurant. If Michael and I only had a date night on the weeks it was convenient, we would never get one.
And that's why we want to coach you on to nurture that relationship - and one of the great ways to do that is by dating your mate.
When you were single, dating was a time to get away alone, to talk, laugh, and have fun together.
If paying for a sitter is too expensive, see if you can swap babysitting duties with friends once a month so that you can get out of the house.
If you’re both too exhausted to form coherent sentences at night, try a breakfast or a lunch date. When you continue to date that person you fell in love with so many months or years ago, you may find yourself falling in love all over again.
The close-set tables make it the perfect atmosphere for holding hands, while the busy setting is sure to give you plenty to talk about. Remember, it doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you’re together.
The larger chains today carry much more than just literature. Get to know each other better by discussing your favorite choices in reading material or film. Or how about putting a scrapbook page together with construction paper and a photo of the two of you? After all, it’s the interesting, imaginative, and unique parts of us that make us truly attractive. Watch the paper or call up your local museum and ask about dates and times with reduced admission prices. Planning dates with little or no money will allow you to see your relationship for the priceless value it really has.
As a mom, I want Ella to have everything she needs (and more).
Time, attention, love, clothes, food, toys—whatever it is, I want to make sure that she gets what she needs to thrive.
Michael and I have a consistent, nonnegotiable date night each week and it has helped us to stay connected throughout each season of our marriage.
If you’re thinking of making a similar commitment with your husband, here are some whys and hows for you to consider. Making time to date one another in a season of life that is very busy (and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon) is a priceless gift we can give our spouse.
But more than many other things, our children need us, as their parents, to have a thriving relationship with one another.