I want to share with you a really powerful yet simple tool developed by The Gottman Institute that I love and use all the time. It's a super easy guide to help you and your partner connect throughout the week more intentionally. The best part is it only takes a grand total of six hours per week!
I believe every partner should have a solid routine to follow when it comes to connecting in your relationship. I've seen too many couples push autopilot and hope things will stay good for the long-term. But over time, those "autopilot relationships" tend to break down if there hasn't been intentional connection throughout the course of the relationship. I see this happen most often when babies are introduced into the family system and the focus gets shifted to caring for this tiny human's needs over the partner's needs.
Obviously, a baby has a lot of needs that can't be ignored, but ignoring your partner's needs can lead to disconnection and even resentment.
That's why I love this easy guide! It helps you focus on your partner's needs in small ways throughout the week.
There are quite a few other ways to connect outside of this guide, but it is definitely a good place to start building into your regular routine.
Christie Sears Thompson
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
The Partnerhood (www.thepartnerhood.com)
Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching (www.tradewindstherapy.com)