Creative Dating as Parents

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Little Book of Great Dates by Greg and Erin Smalley

Do you remember dating your spouse? If you were like us, there was some attempt to be creative and interesting on dates. After all, we were trying to impress each other. Fast forward a few years and with children, you are lucky if you even have a date night. When you do, who has the energy to be creative? So, most of us end up eating out and talking about the kids and what needs to be repaired or falling asleep in a movie theater.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Greg and Erin Smalley have written a great little book, Little Book of Great Dates: 52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun. The book contains ideas for fifty-two different dates you can have with your spouse.

The set-up is a little unique compared to similar books. Each date has a theme, but most include several suggestions for where to have the date. My favorites were the ones that encouraged the couple to step out of their comfort zones during their time together. They even suggested some specific activities and one-time classes if you have trouble thinking of ideas within a category. (They even have ideas for “at home – no money” dates).

In addition to the ideas for where to have the dates, each segment contains a marital principle and some questions to ask yourselves during or after the date. The principles are simple and concrete, but ones probably all married couples need to review and practice intentionally from time to time.

If you want a deep Bible study for you and your spouse or intense questioning of each other, this book is probably not what you want. If however, your marriage is relatively healthy and you just want to put some creativity, fun and intentional godly thought back into your date nights, this is the book for you!

Do you have regular dates with your spouse? What is the best date you have had since you were married? What places have encouraged the most godly conversations between the two of you? I would love for you to share with other couples to encourage them to build strong marriages for themselves and their children.

This book was provided to me for free in exchange for my honest review. I think this book has a lot of great ideas for fun dates and hope to go on some with my husband soon. The link is an affiliate link, It does not cost you anything to click nor does it add to your cost should you decide to purchase. If you purchase, it will provide a small compensation to this blog. Thank you for your support.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)