How long has it been since you and your spouse had a date night–just the two of you? Regular date nights are an important part of a strong and happy marriage, and yet all too many couples neglect them because they are too busy with other things. No matter how busy you are with work, your children and your hobbies, you can’t just let your marriage slide. You have to make your marriage a priority. Here are five ways to make date nights a priority.
Five Ways to Make Date Nights a Priority
1. Mark it on the Calendar
If you are waiting for a convenient time to have your date night, you may be waiting awhile. Instead of trying to fit date nights into your already busy schedule, plan your schedule around your date nights instead. Decide on a night that works best for you–whether you want to go out one night a week or one night a month–and mark it on your calendar. Guard this date. If anything else comes up, you’ve already got plans.
2. Make Plans in Advance
Speaking of making plans, don’t wait until the last minute to decide where you will go or what you will do. Have a brainstorming session and list out all of the places you’d like to go or things you’d like to do. Buy tickets or gift cards in advance. You’ll be more committed if you’ve already made plans and paid.
3. Clear Your Schedule
If you are having a difficult time making time for date nights or if you always find yourself cutting your nights short, you may need to take a long, hard look at your schedule and determine if there is anything you need to cut out. Your relationship with your spouse should be one of the most important aspects of your life. If anything else is getting in the way, you may need to get rid of it.
4. Understand the Importance of Regular Date Nights
Date nights aren’t just a fun night out or something to do. They are essential for the health and well-being of your marriage. These days, not all marriages make it, unfortunately. Don’t take your marriage for granted. Give it your all and build a firm foundation that will be indestructible when tough times come. Date nights are the perfect chance to do this. When you go out as a couple, you make memories, reconnect, and make your marriage stronger and stronger.
5. Be Flexible
Of course, there are times of your life that this is going to be easier said than done. It will be much more difficult to go out when you have a fussy and clingy baby than when your kids are out of the house, for example. This doesn’t mean that you should just wait to have date nights until it is easier; it just means that you will have to be more flexible. You may go out late at night after the baby is already asleep, or you might both take a day off of work to spend the day together while your kids are in school.
When’s the last time you went out on a date night with your spouse? If it’s been a while, what’s stopping you from going more regularly?