When it comes to strong and loving relationships, one of my biggest role models is my sister Sharee. With almost 20 years of marriage behind her and many more to come, she always has the best advice for couples. I asked her to share with us her top tips for a lasting relationship and here’s what she had to say…
1. Always do a weekly date night!
It’s important to nurture your relationship and spend quality time together. Randall and I have a very busy schedule, but we always make a date night every week, even if it’s just for an hour. We spend so much time caring for our six children that sometimes we forget to take care of each other. But if we don’t then the very basis and core of our family isn’t strong so we make it our first priority.
2. Do things together that you both enjoy.
Randall and I have very different personalities but we enjoy similar activities. We both like to run trails and we also like doing obstacle races like the Spartan, so a few years ago we started setting goals to run races together. Having those memories and fun times together are priceless. When things are difficult we can pull from those experiences and laugh and reminisce and it seems to lighten the load of life.
3. Say “I love you” every day!
We also show affection by hugging or even kissing in front of our kids so they can see how much we love each other, too. This gives them a sense of security and shows them how they should be treated when they find a partner. 😉
We also try to do little acts of kindness for each other. For instance, Randall took my car to get serviced and detailed. It was such a nice surprise! I will make a special treat for him since he has a very restricted diet and it makes him feel important and loved. It’s being considerate of one another which in turn breeds mutual respect and love. It’s important to make your partner feel valued, needed and wanted. This also automatically shows loyalty and trust for one another.