Summer can be a great time for families to reconnect, have some fun together and spend a little bit more time in each other’s company. It can also make it easy to let your couple time slide. Two months or so of that, and you’ll fall may find you feeling like your marriage is less intimate, less interesting and just…..less than you want it to be. Here are some tips for making sure that all that family time doesn’t leave with no couple time at all.
1. Summer Camp Isn’t Just for the Kids
Many families send the kids off to camp for a week or so every summer. It’s great fun for the kids, but it can also be a chance for you two to get some time alone, even if you stay at home. Have dinner by candlelight, dance in the living room, go out and do grown-up things the kids don’t like and make love in the middle of the day. Camp Page.com has listings for camps all over the US and Canada that are searchable by area, budget and special interests. If you haven’t made plans to send the kids to camp, maybe you should!
2. Take Advantage of Vacation Distractions
If you’re taking a family vacation this summer, try to book a place that has plenty of activities (supervised if your kids are little) for the kids but also a few opportunities for some good couple time. All-inclusive resorts and larger resorts at popular family destinations usually have scheduled activities for the younger family members that will give you time to slip away for a romantic dinner, a moonlight swim or an afternoon couples massage. You can find some great spots at Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Family Vacation Spots.”
3. Use Some of That Extra Time You Have in Summer
Summer may seem crowded with vacations, parties, day camps and other goings-on, but you may have some hidden extra time at your disposal. All of that time you usually spend on car-pooling, homework help and extra-curricular activities can now be appointed (at least in part) to a weekly date night, a regular visit to the gym or just an extra cup of coffee together out on the deck each morning. Figure out how much time you’re NOT spending on school-related tasks and use it to your advantage.
Don’t get us wrong, we love summertime for the extra opportunities to spend time with the kids. It’s a great time to draw closer and build some wonderful memories. Just don’t make couple time a memory while you’re having fun as a family.