Parenting - - Hot Tips Relationships -

We are of­ten en­cour­aged to pri­ori­tise play­ful­ness with our kids, but what about with our part­ners? Strong re­la­tion­ships are char­ac­terised by friend­ship, and some­thing that fu­els friend­ship is fun!

Here are some ideas to help you get the fun started.

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Book it in. ‘Sched­uled fun’ may not seem very glam­orous or spon­ta­neous, but truth be told, it is far more likely to hap­pen if we put it on the cal­en­dar.

Make it a pri­or­ity. Build­ing fun into your re­la­tion­ship is a great way to strengthen your friend­ship with your part­ner. This could look like a reg­u­lar date night, or it could mean putting some mu­sic on while you’re do­ing the dishes and tak­ing a spin around the kitchen to­gether.

Leave con­flict for later. If con­flicts arise dur­ing a fun ac­tiv­ity, agree to re­solve them at a later stage. Don’t let an­noy­ances or nig­gles ruin the fun.

Be a team. If you or your part­ner are highly com­pet­i­tive and games quickly be­come all about win­ning, choose ac­tiv­i­ties where you can work as a team.

Try some­thing new. We all have dif­fer­ent ideas of what fun looks like. Sit down with your part­ner and have a chat about what you both en­joy. Be will­ing to com­pro­mise and get out of your com­fort zone.

Make room in the bud­get. Put some money aside each month for fun ac­tiv­i­ties that don’t in­volve the kids. If money is tight, brain­storm free ac­tiv­i­ties. There are plenty of fun things to do that don’t re­quire money. For ex­am­ple, af­ter putting the kids to sleep, build a fort in the lounge, or­der some pizza and spend the evening watch­ing a movie or catch­ing up.

We have two dou­ble passes to HOYTS LUX to give away MOVIE PASS

To en­ter by mail, write your name and ad­dress on the back of an en­ve­lope and send to Hoyts give­away, Par­ent­ing mag­a­zine, PO Box 37 708, Par­nell 1151. To en­ter on­line, go to the com­pe­ti­tions page at and an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion - Where are the three Hoyts Lux movie the­atres? (see ad op­po­site) En­tries close 13 Jan­uary 2016.

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