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Date night

 With meals to cook, a house to clean, kids to care for on top of a career and other obligations, it’s sometimes hard for moms and dads to get any alone time together. Gone are the days when you could leave for a romantic getaway on the spur of the moment. Even the logistics of arranging dinner and a movie can sometimes be too much work.

Making time for your spouse, however, should remain a priority. “One thing that is often not realized by parents is that a happy and harmonious marriage is one of the greatest gifts they can give to their children,” Dr. Margaret Paul, a marriage and relationships expert, wrote in an article, “Kid Time and Couple Time.” “Most children will gladly spend less time with their parents when they know that some of the time being spent away from them is about creating and maintaining a loving relationship between their parents.”

I know couples who schedule a regular date time every other week. Some have even gone on romantic getaways without their children. But I also know parents who are burdened with guilt, who often feel bad whenever they have to leave the kids behind.

What do you do to make sure you and your spouse get enough couple time?

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