Welcome to the 55th episode of The Couples Expert Podcast: Playing Indoors Is Not Just for Kids.
Do you remember, as a little kid, how great it was to play games with your best friend, inside on a rainy day? The special bond that those games created between you, the laughter, and the carefree feeling that the rest of the world had just melted away doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. Join Stuart and Julie as they talk about the importance of sharing fun time with your partner, rain or shine, weekend or weekday, and how those special moments can fill you both with the wonderful closeness that best friends should and deserve to share.
I wanted to bring Julie on because she is an expert at
helping couples really understand the fun that they can create together.
It’s true that while we may have the desire to set some time aside to spend with our partner, we may be stumped by the question of what to actually do. The stresses of every day may leave us in a state of exhaustion. Hear about some of Julie’s great suggestions. They’re sure to stimulate your memories and your imagination!
I’m going to give you a list of suggestions, and I’m going to start from the strictly platonic fun all the way to the super-sexy fun.
- Playing childhood favorite board games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Battleship;
- Playing electronic or video games like the Pop Stream party trivia game with movie clips, or games on a Wii or other type of gaming console;
- Just watching television or videos, like funny clips on YouTube or educational and informative TED Talks;
- Spending time with your pets, playing, walking or grooming them together;
- Sharing love coupons (from nice to naughty!);
- Holding a blind taste test…wines, cheeses, jelly beans, you name it;
- Writing about and sharing fantasies or dreams, like your perfect date night or making a list of things you love to do;
- Or, just sitting next to each other, reading.
It’s not important to leave the house or spend a lot of money to enjoy each other’s company. It is important to do something that you both enjoy. But, the most important thing is to enjoy time together, regularly. And, you don’t need to wait for the weekend to spend time with your partner. Schedule a weekday recurring “togetherness appointment” in your calendar. It will give you something to look forward to and will help to keep the youthful spirit of your relationship alive and fun!
I think this is going to help so many couples because not only do they have permission to do these things at home, they also now know what to do.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How our natural instincts may be the actual culprits preventing us from getting closer to the one we love most;
- That scheduling time together doesn’t make it cold and calculated – it makes it happen;
- That real conversation and interaction is vital to nurturing a close, connected relationship;
- What to do when particular emotions arise even in the middle of play and how you can recover a feeling of affection;
- And that although intimate touch makes for a mutual feeling of caring for each other, touch doesn’t necessarily mean sex.