Dating in marriage is an important aspect to keep the marriage vibrant and helping you and your spouse stay connected. Most couples think dating your spouse must be expensive, outside the house, or a burden. Dating your spouse has nothing to do with spending money or going to a fancy restaurant, it’s about bonding and nurturing your relationship.
Date night should be just as important as brushing your teeth every day. You know if you don’t take care of your teeth, they will fall out or decay. The same can be said about your marriage if you don’t take the time out to invest in each other with time. Intentional dating will keep your marriage from decaying slowing.
Life keeps us busy from meetings, kids events, work, and community events, etc., but you must make dating your spouse a priority. Schedule the time to spend together. Pull out a calendar and pen in recurring dates for the reminder of the year.
For us dating is about us being together, unplugged, and focused on US. When the kids were smaller, we would trade babysitting with another young couple. This way we knew every other week, we would have free time to focus on each other.
5 Date Night Ideas
- Go for midday happy hour and a matinee: Visit your favorite restaurant during lunch hour for a cheaper but still delicious meal. Then head to your local theater to enjoy a movie at the matinee price.
- Go see a live play: Most local theaters have “Pay what you can nights” for the opening week of a new play.
- Go for an all day hike. Check out trails.com for a listing of nearby treks and get lost in the woods together.
- Spend an afternoon test driving cars, viewing model homes, or window shopping. This is such a fun activity when you guys can dream and fantasize together.
- Learn something new together. Take a class learning something new together. Pottery class, scuba diving, painting class or even a foreign language class, whatever it is make sure you guys do it together and build a lasting memory.
Dating your spouse provides you the opportunity to cultivate and maintain an emotional connection with each other. When do you and your spouse date? Share below in the comments your dating schedule……