If cuddle-time constantly includes the kids, you’re likely ready for a date night. According to a 2012 report released by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, couples who have a date night once a week report higher satisfaction with communication, intimacy and commitment. Make your date night a priority to show each other just how much your love means. Hire a babysitter for the kids — or enlist grandma’s services. Keep in mind that date night doesn’t have to cost a lot of money — stealing time alone with each other is priceless. Here are some of our favorite date night ideas.
Go Out in Nature
Rein in your love by spending time together outdoors. According to love and relationship expert Tammy Nelson Ph.D. in her Huffington Post article, “Date Nights: They Make Your Marriage Work,” a nature date works best if you’re exploring a spot or engaging in an activity that you both enjoy. Perhaps it’s a stroll through a historic neighborhood after dinner or a hot air balloon ride at sundown. Nelson also notes that nature absorbs intense emotions and lets you see things clearly. So instead of blowing up and telling your hubby to take a hike during a disagreement, save it for date night when you can take a hike together and talk out your problems.
Add In Adventure
Get your adrenaline pumping and you’ll feel euphoric on your date. Choose an activity that appeals to you both — indoor rock climbing, mountain-bike riding and dance lessons all help loosen your bodies and raise your heart rates. Or, inject a healthy dose of competition into your relationship by playing a round of golf, challenging each other to billiards or going bowling. Engaging in a physical activity together can help you gain respect for your partner’s abilities — which can foster intimacy.
Run to Relaxation
Leave work obligations and family commitments behind and put relaxation at the forefront. A low-energy date can be just as rejuvenating as an action-packed night on the town, says Nelson. Check out the new spa in town and book a couple’s massage, unwind at the theater watching a movie you both want to see, or indulge each other during a delectable candlelit dinner.
Enjoy Each Other
Try to remember what it was like before your days and nights were filled with soccer games, school meetings and helping with homework. Splurge every once in awhile on a room at a swanky hotel for a night. Enjoy room service and plush robes. Pop a bottle of champagne and toast to your love, the family you’re raising and the dreams you have for the future. Just make sure to put the “do not disturb” sign on the room and turn your cell phones off. Don’t let the date come to a screeching halt in the morning either. Wake up leisurely and have a relaxing breakfast before heading back to reality.