At the risk of bragging, I must confess that I just had an incredibly amazing day out with my partner of 15 years. With three kids under the age of 8, it literally feels like the last time we had alone time was when we fell in love. Realistically, we haven't had more than 10 minutes alone since baby number two was born. That's almost six years, you guys. Six years. So trust me when I say, you need to make alone time happen with your partner now.
Most of us parents are well aware that it's important to spend time with our partners. Once kids are in the picture, though, it seems damn near impossible to carve out a significant amount of time to focus on, well, your significant other. For those of us who don't live closer to our families, the difficulty is exacerbated, especially when we have financial struggles that inhibit hiring a babysitter, or special needs kids that make qualified and willing babysitters hard to find.
But damn it, dear reader, you have got to do whatever it takes to find that alone time with your significant other(s)! Hire somebody if you can, and beg somebody if you can't! After eight hours of quality time, my partner and I are both relaxed, happy, and connected for what seems like the first time in years. Not surprisingly, this makes us both better parents, thus strengthening the couple-connection even more. Just in case you need more convincing, though, I've taken the liberty of highlighting below all the reasons you need alone time with your partner(s) now: