Catchy title, no?
This year I’ve been perusing blogs that have tips for improving your marriage. Now, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Drew and I are totally fine, but I really think that our kids are getting out of the phase where we are just playing police all the time and it’s time to strengthen US so that we can strengthen THEM. If that makes sense?
Anyway, I have noticed that the things that help a marriage are tiny thing, and just like families you build a marriage with small bricks. Here’s a few things we’ve started doing that have helped us.
1. Budget review. I do all of the money at our house. I guess it comes from being the economist’s daughter (hey, that’d be a good other blog…). I balance the checkbook, I make budgets — the whole nine yards. It’s easy to just go down that road alone, but I’ve put it into my to do list to review the budget every 3 months together. Just to talk about things that maybe aren’t working or things we could work on. It’s good stuff, and I worry about dying and Drew having NO clue how to run the finances. I hope this helps a little.
2. Date night — we’re getting better about this now that we grew-up our own babysitter. I’m also realizing that date night to the el cheapo Mexican restaurant and then sharing a yogurt is just as great as date night to the fondue place. Ok, maybe not quite, but close. Date night is just getting away and talking. Even if it’s in and out or just walking around the park. Do it. It’s cheaper then a divorce lawyer. We have always had babysitters, but the money adds up . I am here to testify you won’t have to spend it forever. But it’s worth it. 🙂
3. Sunday morning meetings. We do this as a couple, where we talk about the upcoming Sunday School lesson, but then we review our calendar and pan out any conflicts. It’s great. I highly recommend.
Anyway, those are the 3 things I’ve noticed making a difference lately. What do you do? Inquiring minds (aka, me) want to know.
Happy Valentines everyone!