If you and your partner are caught up with your children and not with each other, it's time to step back and ask, "How can we ignite our relationship?" Inside you'll find 3 no-cost dates to help spark your love and make it sizzle.

First Dating Idea ~

"Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee..." - Stephen Foster (1826-1864)

Put the kids to bed. Turn off the TV. Turn on the romantic music. Hold hands and take turns reading love poetry. Become beautiful dreamers. Talk about the words. Perhaps you'd like to create a poem together about your life. Make it into a bookmark for each of you and let it be a daily reminder of your love.

When we’re trying to be the best parents ever, we tend to take each other for granted. After awhile we drift apart. If this describes you, take action. Revive your love life. You can be a good parent and a loving partner.

Second Dating Idea ~

"Lay thy sheaf down and come,
Share my harvest and my home." - Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

When your kids take a nap, run out to play, or do something else, seize the moment. Lay down your work.

Imagine it's a weekend. You and your partner have a "to do" list that could last a month. Put yourselves first on the “to do” list. Break away from just getting chores done. Grab a cup of coffee. Sit down with each other. Take turns sharing your thoughts, then spice it up and tell your partner what you appreciate that he/she does.

Both of you are working hard to create a successful family. Now it's time to tell your partner you are grateful. Each of you deserves appreciation for your efforts. Give that appreciation to each other. Be specific.

Third Dating Idea ~

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

How are your feet? Are they tired? Would a massage with special lotion revive them? Sit on the ends of the sofa. Face your partner with feet in each other's lap. Use that lotion and start massaging. You can discuss your day or close your eyes and enjoy the massage. In this way, you both can answer, "How do I love thee? Let massages be one of those ways.

Dating Ideas for Parents Conclusion:

Poets from the past knew how to express love with words. Match their words with your action. Don't let busyness stop you and don't spend money. Spend time together. Small amounts of time can uplift your spirits. Remind yourselves that your love came before your children. Keep it sizzling. Nurture each other with simple no-cost dates and start today.

Author's Bio: 

Jean Tracy, MSS publishes a free parenting newsletter. Subscribe at www.KidsDiscuss.com and receive 80 fun activities to share with your kids.

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