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This year will make five years of marriage for my husband and I and now we have a 9-month old who takes up all of our time and attention. It’s gotten increasingly more difficult to spend alone time together, naturally, so we have to invent and reinvent ways to make our time work best for us. Here are a few of the tips that have worked best for us. We are still navigating the new parent waters, but little things like this go a long way!

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  1. Set a monthly date night.

Get a calendar, choose a day, lock it down, and make a plan. Then, call grandma, aunty, Uncle Joe (everyone has an Uncle Joe), or whatever babysitter you choose and let them know that you and your boo are going out to enjoy grown-up time.

If you don’t make an actual plan to get out and be alone, something else will come up and steal that time away. Quality time with your spouse will help you recalibrate and relax a little bit. If you don’t all ow yourself a break every now and then, you will break! So get out and enjoy date night!

  1. Kiss often.

Don’t downplay the power of the kiss. A small peck in the morning before you jet off to work or a slob-down, tongue-twisting kiss in the evening may just be enough for you two to remember how it feels to be touched. And there’s no better way to connect than to literally be touching! Also, don’t forget to make it consistent. Kiss every day. Hug every day. Touch every day.

  1. Swap your PDA for real PDA.

Get rid of the distractions that are competing for your time. Get off of Facebook and Instagram, turn off the television, and connect with your boo! If you are in each other’s presence, make an effort to be present. Often times, we let work, entertainment, gossip and others get in the way of us making real concerted connections. Try to establish one hour of uninterrupted conversation a day. One hour, folks. That’s not that much. See how it makes a difference in your lives.

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