So you get up in the morning, grab some breakfast for you and your older child, jump in the car and head out to a day of soccer games, while your spouse wakes up the younger kid not long after you leave, grabs some breakfast for her and carts her to dance classes, then a Girl Scout meeting, then a birthday party. You finally see your spouse again at around 7:00 at night, at which point you both collapse from exhaustion.
In the hustle and bustle of family life, it can seem as if you never actually have time to spend with your one and only. Here are 3 ways to take time out and commit to a day making the most of your day with your spouse.
1. Extra affection -- You may not have the time to sit and gaze into each other's eyes for hours like you did when you were dating, but commit to kissing as you pass each other in the halls, or taking just a minute out of dinner preparations to give each other a nice hug. Yeah, the extra affection may gross the kids out a little, but modeling genuine love for your spouse is actually good for your kids to see!
2. Alone time -- together -- When you finally arrive at that post-bedtime lull in the day's action, it's very, very tempting to crash and decompress in whatever manner works best for you -- bubble bath, reading a book, watching mindless TV. The problem is that a lot of that decompression time is time spent alone. That alone time is important, but once in awhile, make the commitment to decompress right along with your spouse. Watch a movie together, snuggle up on the couch, just talk for an hour.
3. Date night at home -- We all know we're not supposed to use the TV as a babysitter, and fast food is bad for your health. But, just for one night, why not park the kids in front of a movie with their favorite Happy Meal, and take two hours to have a nice, romantic dinner together. Bonus -- no need for a babysitter!