Today I wanted to share 5 ways to be closer to your spouse, because it is important in a marriage.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts (& college sweethearts) before we were married. We have now been married for ten years and we have four children together. I write a lot about marriage, because I think that keeping your marriage a priority it very important.
Here are 5 ways that I have found to keep our marriage strong:
1- Bring him into my interests.
I talk about my interests… working out, my job as a play therapist, the kid’s playdates… so I love to have him on board with it.
For example, when talking about working out: I like to find healthy meal options that we can prepare together (he loves to cook). I love to show him what I’ve done at the gym (while he laughs at my uncoordinated moves) and to talk to him about my classes, etc… It keeps him involved.
2- Listen to HIS interests.
I listen to him talk about work, even though I don’t know any of the people that he is talking about. I just listen, like I would listen when a friend was talking.
3- Treat your spouse like a houseguest.
Offer to get him a drink when you get one. Offer to grab him a blanket if he looks cold. Just simple things to let him know that you care.
4- Send him text messages throughout the day.
I send my husband about ten texts a day- just simple things like “Love you” or “Miss you” or even little pictures of the kids playing. I just him to know that we are thinking about him, even when he isn’t here.
5- Let him relax a little after work.
This one is HARD for me. I have been home all day with the kids and I am ready to hand off the towel to him, but I have to remember that he has just put in 10-12 hours at work, too. I usually do need his help right away when he gets home, but if he and the kids want to snuggle up to watch a show for 15 minutes instead of helping in the kitchen, that works, too. (The kids need that snuggle/relax time as much as he does!)
Now that we are talking about marriages… lets talk about dating your husband!
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So what’s included in this amazing date night package?
Here’s the scoop!
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