I really loved this short clip, How Can We Make Time For ‘Us’ When Raising Children?, of Dr. Ruth (remember her? ) talking about the importance of going out together once a week. It’s short and to the point. And besides the fact that what she says is so true, the way that she says it feels like you have no choice but to listen to her words. She has that impact on you. Even watching her now after not having seen her in so long, she’s still so cool.
The one thing she says that I struggle with, though, is that you have to go out for date night and not stay at home. Maybe that is the ideal, but I know for us, I would struggle with going out every week. Some weeks, for whatever reason, we just don’t make it out and I quite enjoy having our date night at home. I think it’s a bit more challenging as it’s a lot easier to get distracted by the TV, phone, computer or whatever it is that is your normal routine at home. But if you are conscious about the time you spend together at home and have a specific thing that you do together, then I think it is as valuable as going out, if not even more so sometimes. When I think of our Camping Out At Home date night, it still puts a smile on my face 🙂
Besides that though, what she has to say is so true. She just touches on taking time for yourself and having a passion which I agree is so important. I won’t get into it too much now as that really is a whole other post for another time but I have realised how having time for ourselves individually allows us to give more to each other and it is so vital for our relationship. And those of you with little ones (myself included), she certainly gave me something to think about in terms of how it is now compared to when they are older. Time to enjoy our evenings while we still have them! 🙂