Like unicorns, hot sparkly vampires, and bipartisan politicians, many couples categorize the elusive Date Night as a mythical thing, rarely (if ever) seen.
Some of these couples are new in town, and don’t have a regular sitter they can rely on. Others feel they can’t afford to indulge in a night away from the kids, or have dinner at a nice restaurant with nary a chicken nugget in sight, just so they can play “What’s Their Story”.
But a recent report from the National Marriage Project makes a good case on how you can’t afford NOT to schedule regular Alone Time with your significant other.
“The Date Night Opportunity” concludes that couples who spend quality time together at least once a week were 3.5 times happier in their overall marriage; “In order to strengthen families, for the sake of both adults and their offspring, couples are going to need more help to make their relationships work.”
Enter: Date Night. According to the report, making them a priority can strengthen your relationship in the following ways:
- Eros (Romance)
The beauty of it is, all this QT doesn’t have to consist of a swanky dinner and a movie every week – ducking out for a brief nature hike together or chatting on the porch alone after the kids go to bed totally counts. The trick is mixing up high-energy dates with low-energy dates to keep things interesting (and affordable).
Being creative and daring to venture outside your comfort zone is also required every now and then. Go roller skating or bowling. Catch a local show or comedy night at Lowe Mill. Just be sure whatever you do, you’re doing it TOGETHER. No heading to Bridge Street and splitting up between DSW and Barnes & Noble allowed. And NO kids – if you haven’t tried them already, we recommend Rocket City Sitters.
So… 16 days until Valentine’s Day, and Rocket City Mom wants to make it easier for you to be 3.5 times happier in your marriage or relationship. That’s why we partnered with Homewood Suites in the Village of Providence for a romantic overnight stay to help you reconnect to your sweetie pie! You can enter to win below one of their Sweetheart Packages that includes: an overnight stay for two in one of their luxurious King studio suites; two complimentary bathrobes; a box of gourmet chocolates; savory hot breakfast for two; and a late 1:00 PM check-out so you can sleep in. We’ll draw a winner on Friday, February 8th.
(Don’t want to let this deal get by you in case you don’t win? You can ensure you get this Date Night for $139 just by calling 256-895-9511 and asking for the “Rocket City Mom Valentine Package”.)
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.