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February 23, 2011

Time Out for Adults

Author: JenniferMaster1

Parents and child care providers often use a technique called “time out” for children when they misbehave.  It usually consists of removing the child from the stressful situation and giving the child a special spot to sit and calm down.

Sometimes our relationships with a spouse or other loved one needs a “time out”. I’m not talking about removing yourself from your spouse as much as removing both of you from the stresses of life. Oftentimes, if we can take a break together such as going on a date to dinner and/or a movie, taking a long drive with each other or even having a mini vacation, it can remove us from the normal “hum-drum” rut and also the stresses of life and put some connection and spark back into that relationship.

I had a friend once feel she couldn’t justify the cost of outings such as this. Her husband, who was in school to become a counselor, explained very wisely that these types of outings cost less than paying a marriage counselor!

So just this past weekend my husband and I took a Friday evening and half a Saturday to stay at the “Anniversary Inn”.  It wasn’t our anniversary, but what a great romantic place to be! Besides setting the atmosphere for some sizzling intimacy, it was great to have a few hours to talk deeply about our lives and without any interruptions! We even had dinner, movie snacks and breakfast delivered right to our door so we stayed in our “Pirate Paradise” room the whole time.

I returned home feeling more appreciative of my relationship with my husband and refreshed with life. Since we took a tour of most of the 33 rooms available, I look forward to returning to the “Tipi” room or “Aphrodite’s Court” or the “Arabian Nights” in a few months or for our 25th Anniversary this June.

I still have two of my six children at home and don’t want to forget those relationships. When life gets crazy busy, it’s easy to forget spending the “time out” with your children. Since I’ve been spending a tremendous amount of time recently on my website, I made a point to have a game night with my two younger boys and husband. My husband doesn’t enjoy board games much, so it’s a sacrifice for him to join us. However, when we spend that focused time together, we usually end up laughing and relaxing and really enjoying being together. It’s so important to keep those family relationships healthy.

So next time life gets a little hectic, write a “time out” event on your schedule and look forward to a good time!

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33 Responses to “Time Out for Adults”

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    Awesome story. That’s pretty much what my wife and I are doing next weekend. It’s are anniversary so we are taking a “time out” thanks again for the great stories

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