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So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone and with it the hopes of that romantic date night out you were pining for since red hearts began flashing in card stores and on TV screens everywhere in anticipation of the most romantic night of the year. I hear you, and even though I know most of that pomp and circumstance is created more for the bottom line of greeting card companies; I still feel pressured to partake in it.
How can you fault me or any red-blooded woman who was taught from moment of her conception that she was supposed to ride off into the sunset with a glass of champagne and her prince all the while looking effortlessly stunning for feeling this way? Of course in the real world- such lofty goals can and do get wrecked when Mother Nature is on a mission to bring unprecedented and copious amounts of snow to your neck of the woods which make travel and digging out your car impossible or your kid decides that night is the ideal time to come down with a case of running diarrhea, and only an evil stepmother could leave a poor kid who needs to run to the bathroom every five seconds with a babysitter.
The long and short of it is that your big dreams of romance, an LBD and candlelight were dashed and your Valentine’s Day Date was a big, fat fail. Well you needn’t despair – because the majority of us have all been in your shoes; we’ve worn them, walked in them and have actually grown quite comfortable in them (i.e. our last romantic night out was circa 1997 pre kids with running diarrhea). To that end I’ve gathered four surefire ways to get your romantic date night on AT HOME!
1/ Let food be your guiding light.
Date nights will be most effective if they are truly about the two of you and enjoyable. Therefore, no talking about kids, bills or problems.
a/ Create a meal or dessert together and then feed it to each other; or
b/ Order a pizza but eat it by candlelight and then put on music and dance with each other rather than wait for a wedding.
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3/ Open a bottle of wine and take the QUIZ PLUNGE!
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4/ Start a “Thursday Night Ritual”
According to Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, Ed.S., LMFT and author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage who has been married for 30 years this not typical nor traditional date night was one of the behaviors that she and her husband have counted on in their marriage over at least 20 of their 30 years together. It became something that kept them connected week after week, through the good times and the bad. They never called it a “date night,” but it was a few hours on a Thursday night after all their work and chores, etc. were ended, when they shared anything as simple as watching a favorite show together. It became a comforting ritual that they counted on, through good moods and bad ones, through times of little talking … no matter what.
Here are her tips for establishing a Thursday Night marriage ritual that never ends:
1/ It is best done every week, at the same time, and for at least 2 hours;
2/ It should be something that is simple, doable, and works for both of you as a team;
3/ Only emergencies should take precedence over your ritual – it is time together you can always count on;
4/ This is not a “date night” – it is special time that becomes a ritual you truly look forward to and enjoy 52 times a year; &
5/ No matter how badly you may be feeling at times about your marriage and spouse, your ritual must go on!