One of the things recommended to help keep your marriage fresh, healthy, and passionate is to have regular dates with your partner (which often requires date night ideas to achieve). Date night is not just for you when you’re single. It is an essential part to your relationship’s well-being. Now they may not be as frequent as when you were dating, but are still important in maintaining the loving feeling between you and your partner. And it is handy to some date night ideas up your sleeve for when you can fit them into your busy schedule.
But of course once you are married or even just a long term relationship it can be harder to think of those date night ideas. And depending on what stage of life you are at can make it harder or easier to arrange times for dates. So here are some date night ideas to try out for those date nights (or days or weekends. However they fit in your life at the moment).
Book one night or time a week in for something to do with just your other half. Whether watching something on television together or going out for the night to karaoke try to keep up those activities that you liked to do when you first met.
Memory lane dates
Go visit places that have a positive memory of you as a couple. Where you got married, had your first date, first kiss, etc. Reminisce about those good memories. A weekend away can also be a good re-connection activity where you just get away from the daily stresses and just be the two of you.
Give her the chocolate and TV remote and then leave her alone. Ask her what she wants, and then give it to her. (I could list some other date night ideas for her, but believe me it’s safer this way).
New parent dates
As a new parent you may not want to leave your precious bundle with anyone else, but it’s also important to re-connect as a couple, not just as parents. Even just going down to the local coffee shop together while Grandma watches the baby sleeping can be beneficial to you both. But even better is have a few hours to do something you love together (provided you can put down the phone and not worry about the baby updates).
Toddler/Pre-Schooler parent dates
Little kids can often be harder to schedule something in. You may need to schedule in your calendars to arrange something, even if it is only once a month. Locking that time in as essential puts a higher priority on keeping your date appointment, and thus a higher priority on the two of you working well together. Having a nap together on the lounge if your little one still naps may be the only option for some couples. Even if you have a babysitter, do not underestimate the value of a good nap!
Parents of teens dates
Teens are generally easier to organise dates around because you can usually leave them on their own and don’t need to arrange child minding. Usually any activity your teenager frowns upon will guarantee you some alone time together.
Get creative and work out what you can do at home. Try a backyard movie night with beanbags. Arrange for your favourite restaurant to deliver a meal and serve up with candle lights at the dinner table. For those active types, a walk around the block together could be good. Snuggle up and binge watch a season of something on Netflix.
Make it a habit
Making the health of your relationship important in your life is crucial to helping stay in that loving partnership. The longer you stay disconnected from your partner, the harder it can be to reconnect. So try to make it a habit of choosing to have a date with your other half on a regular basis, whether that is once a week or once a month or anything in between. Activities we do repeatedly become more ingrained and easier to continue doing. And surely keeping the flame alive with your partner is something we want to make easy to do.
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For tips on how to be more organised come see this post.