09 October 2012

Keeping the Spark Alive


It can be hard to keep the flames of passion burning in a relationship at times but when babies, toddlers, tweens and teens are thrown in to the equation it can be even more difficult. After all, kids are demanding and tantrums and sleep deprivation can be draining!

So how can you keep the spark alive after kids?




Turn off technology
The majority of us have our iPad, mobile and laptop that keep us in touch with everyone but if your relationship is suffering you need to turn technology off to turn your partner on. Try to have at least one night a week when you completely ignore calls, texts and tweets to spend time, uninterrupted, with your partner instead.






Time out
With work and other commitments you may struggle to relax and enjoy time together doing something you both love, but it's important to MAKE time. Family and friends are there to help out so don't feel guilty, take them up on offers and plan some date nights. Go for a meal, watch a movie or have some competitive fun bowling.




Increase contact
Pop a note in his lunch box, leave a message in the steam on the mirror, send a text. Anything to increase communication. Also try to increase physical contact too with hugs and kisses to make each other feel special, wanted and appreciated.





Surprise
The little unexpected gifts are the best ones. Whether that's sorting a candlelit bath for your partner after a hectic day, cooking them their favourite food or buying them flowers. It will put a smile on their face and make them happier.






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66 comments :

  1. Not much! We go cycling tomorrow sometimes.

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  2. We love movies so we take it in turns to choose one to watch and we try to go out for dinner once a month @MummyFever

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  3. Not much but we always make time to watch some TV together. Something we both like.

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  4. We like to go on long walks, to blow the cobwebs away (though we often end up at the pub/a restaurant though!) and just enjoy being with each other with no distractions.

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  5. Not a lot, sadly, due to shift work & lack of babysitters. But when we have the chance we like to get out for meals, or just chill in front of the fire.

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  6. We go to gigs (that's how we met) and eat out together. We don't do it often as we don't like to bother our parents for babysitting.

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  7. We have two very small children so quality time is at a premium. The most we can manage is a bottle of wine and a movie!

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  8. Not much time so not a great deal. Work always gets in the way.

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  9. I am following on networked blogs as Izzie.

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  10. ;0) naughty naughty. Looks like fun. I'm thinking of some post baby fun.

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  11. Debra Hainsworth10 October 2012 at 12:16

    go gor a nice meal out

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  12. when we have a babysitter (which is not that much) we go out together like dinner, cinema etc but mostly its just relax together at home once kids are asleep, and once hes back from work which can be really late!

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  13. Me and my boyfriend play Mario Kart on the wii and watch classic comedy dvds like; Dad's Army and Fawlty Towers!

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  14. We don't really have much time anymore with baby and my hubby has started working long hours so nothing beats a cuddle on the settee when he finally gets in from work

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  15. We tend to try and eat a meal together at some point! We both work full time and have our 18 month old, so between 6am -7pm its manic with work and putting him to bed! We try and sit together and have a cup of tea! (god i sound so sad! Im only 27 and he is 37!) xx

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  16. I like to cook him a nice meal and we sit down and relax with a nice film xx

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  17. we like to chill together in front of the tv or go to the movies when we can.

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  18. I subscribe to your blog using e-mail address kellylovesmichael2007@googlemail.com

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  19. we have regular date nights :) away from the children
    followin via gfc as amanda walsh

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  20. try to sit down and talk through any worries and problems

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  21. not much just a bit of tele

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  22. we like to order a take-away and share a bottle of wine or two!!

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  23. following via GFC as nikilily

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  24. Not much either :( Just watching tv :(

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  25. Following via email as gholmes724 ((at)) gmail ((d0t)) com

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  26. Make sure we have time to ourselves when we can. Sometimes we sneak off to a gig and pull an overnighter (thanks Mum!) and othertimes it's just a case of grabbing a couple of hours when the kids are in school and going for fish and chips and a walk on the pier.

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  27. Already follow via GFC - luckygoldwavingcat

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  28. Watch tv together, visit stately homes/castles

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  29. Ten-pin bowling - we're both rubbish at it which makes it all the funnier!

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  30. Have a nice relaxing bath together then cuddle up in front of the tv and watch a film.

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  31. We play scrabble. Hubby tried to teach me how to play chess, but he kept 'forgetting' to tell me important 'sub rules' which meant he won every game and I didn't stand a chance!

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  32. If we get a night kid free we like to have a good meal, and watcha good movie...then have an early night ;) xx

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  33. We're trying for baby number 2 but never seem to get down to it!

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  34. Followng by email - gemma.mills@aol.co.uk

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  35. once a week we have a 'date night' we watch a film have a meal :)x

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  36. we try and have saturday night takeaway then munchies, as our son is usually at his grandmas on a saturday night!

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  37. We enjoy going to the cinema & have a meal before hand, this doesn't happen that often but when it does we have a great time together & it takes us back to when we first met :)

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  38. Following via GFC - ange-loutee x

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  39. following by GFC i think lol we watch lots of movies

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  40. It's hard to relax with 2 kids and lots of animals but when we get a chance we like to curl up and watch a movie together!

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  41. we have a date night once a month

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  42. follow on networked blogs
    tracey gibbons

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  43. Go to the driving range and hit some golf balls (badly lol!)

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  44. when we do get time alone its a take away , a film , then see where the mood takes us ;)

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  45. we generally watch a film together x

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  46. We always get the kids to bed early on a Saturday night and watch a film together... :)

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  47. We have one night a week, where we have a nice meal (not rushed like rest of the week), pick a film (in turn but we like almost the same films) and then have an "early" night. :) :D Good luck to everyone. x

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  48. We like to have a nice takeaway meal and a few drinks maybe watch a film

    @toc83

    Tiffany Oconnell

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  49. Following on GFC and networked blogs Tiffany Oconnell

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  50. I follow gfc hotrod mum

    Hubbie and I relax by snuggling up in front of a dvd

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  51. following on gfc as samantha_ripley
    we watch a movie and get a takeaway, we have 2 young kids so dont get out much, were really no that fun!

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  52. Following on GFC as mellysocks

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