When was the last time you and your spouse enjoyed a date night? Has it been a while?
I get it. You’re busy. You’re tired. Once your children came along, your priorities shifted, your schedule became less flexible, and your budget got a lot tighter. Before you knew it, time together as a couple flew right out the window.
Finding time for each other doesn’t get any easier as your children get older. You have to schedule an evening, hire a babysitter, and find something interesting to do. It’s enough work to leave some couples wondering, “Is it worth it?”
The answer is: absolutely!
Ninety-two percent of couples who have date nights at least twice a month say they’re more satisfied in their marriage. And a strong relationship is not only good for you, it’s one of the best gifts you can give to your children. Which is why if you’re saying, “We can’t afford to have a date night,” I’d encourage you to believe that you can’t afford not to have a date night.
Even if you’re low on money and time, be creative and keep it simple. Have dinner alone. Watch a movie. Take a stroll through the neighborhood. You can do almost anything together as long as you both enjoy the activity and it connects you in some way.
After all, that’s the whole point of a date night: refreshment and reconnection in the midst of life’s busyness. Come together with that goal in mind and your reward will be a stronger marriage and a happier family.
If you’re looking for a starting line in your journey to improve your marriage, I encourage you to tun in to our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Creative Date Ideas for You and Your Spouse.” You can hear it on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.
Author Kathi Lipp is with us to share creative ideas for quality time with your spouse, even when money is tight and life is stressful.
For additional help, we’d like to send you a copy of Kathi’s book, Happy Habits for Every Couple: 21 Days to a Better Relationship, for a gift of any amount. If you can’t afford it, we’ll still make it available to you and trust that others will take care of us financially for doing so. Visit our website for more information.