5 ways to spend quality time with your husband or wife

March 01, 2017
  • Keep it simple
    1 / 5 Keep it simple

    Showing affection doesn’t have to be anything fancy – if you set too unrealistic expectations, you’ll end up being unnecessarily disappointed in your relationship instead.

    Simply enjoy some alone time with each other. Put the kids to bed and have a gorgeous glass of wine on the balcony with one another.

    Related: 10 ways busy parents can strengthen their marriage

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  • Touch each other
    2 / 5 Touch each other

    It’s okay if you’re not a fan of excess PDA. A hug and a kiss in the mornings before you get up for breakfast or a loving stroke on your spouse’s arm at dinner is easy and feels good!

    Related: Share a bed or room with baby? It can kill your marriage

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  • It's all in the text
    3 / 5 It's all in the text

    Show each other you’re thinking of one another. Little naughty text messages or cute kissy emojis sent spontaneously make you feel thought of, important and will put a smile on your face.

    Related: 5 bad habits that could break your marriage 

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  • Pencil in date night
    4 / 5 Pencil in date night

    Make this a weekly affair so that you can catch up with each other and talk about things other than kids.

    As long as you keep to this structure, your kids will get used to the idea of parents being out without them.

    This is a valuable concept to grow up with as it will influence the type of relationship your child will choose or be a part of later on in life.

    Related: Marriage after baby: 7 ways to prevent conflicts

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  • Set boundaries and don't feel guilty
    5 / 5 Set boundaries and don't feel guilty

    It’s okay if you’re too exhausted for date night, but you should still attribute alone time, even if it is just snuggling in bed together with a movie.

    Make sure the kids know that this is mum and dad’s time alone and stick to it.

    Being in a happy, long-lasting marriage takes effort – so put in the work by ensuring alone time without the kids!

    Related: What to do when your husband or wife has an affair

    A version of this article first appeared in The Finder.

    (Photos: 123RF.com) 

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