More Tips for Military Families – When They’re Back #109

Date Night – Tip #109


Whether or not your wife, husband, brother, mother, father, sister, son, daughter, cousin, friend, etc. you need to carve out time to re-establish and strengthen your relationship.  When your family member or friend comes home everyone will want a piece of him or her.  There is also the natural tendancy to feel guilty if you ask for time together all to yourselves as there may be a lot of other people who want to spend time with your family member.  Try to let go of the guilt and make time to have one dinner, breakfast, movie night, etc. together to reconnect on a regular basis.  Ultimately, when you spend time reconnecting, reuniting and re-establishing your relationship you are also strengthening your family.

Tips:

* Make a night that is set in stone for you both to spend uninterupted time together having fun and getting to know each other again

* Put it into our schedule on a weekly or bi-weekly (at the least) basis

* Choose an activity that you will both enjoy (go for dinner, attend a conference, bowling, golf, etc.)

* Let others know that this is your time together and part of your committment to build and strengthen your relationship

* Try to have it at a set time so that others do not plan or book things that will interfere with you being able to spend time together

* Choose activities that don’t require a lot of prep work or clean up so that you can spend your time together having fun not doing more work

For more information about our tips, books and resources go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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