Whether you have been married for 40 years or have only been dating for one month, every couple needs to have dates that allow them to reconnect. This can be difficult if you and your partner are both working full-time jobs, and if you have young kids at home. Scheduling a date at least once every two weeks, however, is a great way to reconnect with your partner, even if it is something as simple as having a home cooked meal together after the kids go to sleep. Keeping these dates flexible will allow you to account for any changes in your week, but ensure that you stick to a set schedule of one date every week or two.
Free Date Ideas
If you have a young family, money may be tight. Luckily, there are thousands of different ways you can have a date night for free. For example, if you have a fireplace, wait for the kids to go to sleep, start a fire, break out a bottle of wine, and just sit and talk. This is an extremely comfortable and relaxing way to get caught up with your partner’s week and anything that may be going on in their life. This is also a great time to express your physical love for each other. Another popular date idea is a nature walk. Nature is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Leave your smart phones at home (or bring one in case of emergency but leave it off) and simply enjoy what nature has to offer. You can also pack a picnic lunch that the two of you can share. If you and your partner are sports fans, go to a local high school or university event. At this level, admission is usually free. Lastly, go spend a day at the mall. While this may tempt you to buy items, you can see what your partner likes and dislikes, and potentially purchase these items for Christmas or birthday presents.
In order to successfully reconnect with your partner, it is essential that both parties eliminate distractions. While some distractions may arise that are beyond your control, there are several things you can do to help limit the number of distractions that can occur. The first thing is to leave work at work. If you have planned a date night, set aside that time specifically for your partner. If you have work to do, try to finish it before this time, or leave enough time to complete it after your date. This means turning your phone and laptop off. It is incredibly rude to try to connect with someone who is spending all of their time sending emails or texting people from work. You also want to limit distractions from your children. If you plan on staying home for your date, try to time it so the kids are in bed. Otherwise, ask a neighbour, friend, or relative to take the kids for an evening. This will allow you to either go out or stay at home without the kids around.