The experts all agree date nights are important to preserve and protect a relationship–whether married, singles, divorcees, or empty nesters. Dr. Bonnie Jacobson warned that parents’ over-committed busy lifestyles can cause marital conflicts, so, “date night is as essential as oxygen for a marriage.”
A recent study revealed that new mothers who spend less time with their husbands than before they gave birth are more dissatisfied with their marriage.
The touted study “The Date Night Opportunity,” showed that couples spending time together at least once a week made a big difference in their experiencing enjoyable and quality relationships.
To bring that connection back, Family Counselor Ziva Abrams recommends a daily date for just a 10-20 minute conversation at an agreed time. Talk about light things, observations, experiences, not disappointments or criticism. Each person takes a turn talking while the other just listens, enjoys and relaxes.