The Importance of Spending Quality Time with Other Couples

The Importance of Spending Quality Time with Other Couples

My husband and I were married a year ago but we have yet to meet any good couple friends to hang out with. Most of our friends are single and without kids so it makes it hard for us to go out with them at times and find something we all can agree on to do. One of our goals for this year, now that our daughter is turning one and a bit more ready to take on the world, is to meet other couples with young children. It appears that the experts agree with my goal because, according to Time Magazine's Heartland Edition, hanging out with other couples can enhance our own connection with each other. Not only that, our kids can all hang out and get the benefit of forging a new friendship.

The hard part of this equation involves actually getting the chance to meet other young couples because, in the age of Facebook and text messaging, it's becoming harder and harder to manage face-to-face relationships. Hanging out in person instead of spending time communicating through email benefits us in several ways including adding years onto our life expectancy, according to the article titled “Why Hanging Out With Couple-Friends Enhances Romance,” written by Bonnie Rochman for “Time” magazine.

 

I took the time to think up locations where my husband and I could get past the ice-breaker stage. The most obvious was right in front of me: the playground. Our baby could have her fun while we talked to other moms and dads playing with their children. Other ideas that came to my mind included at the doctor's office, in-person meet up groups and at the park. The easiest method for us is by far the playground and our first experience, which happened this weekend, didn't yield a friendship but we did talk to a few other couples. I imagine that if we keep going back at least one of those encounters could turn into a lasting friendship.