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Send Your Kids to Camp and Improve Your Marriage

By Sandwichedboomers @SandwichBoomers
Send Your Kids to Camp and Improve Your Marriage

Does the thought of sleep-away camp stir up anxiety? Of course, there are unknowns in any unfamiliar situation. Yet camp is a great opportunity for kids to develop their interests, confidence and independence.

And believe it or not, sleep-away campcan be the best thing for your marriage. As a member of the sandwich generation, caring for parents growing older and kids growing up, your life is more than full. I bet it’s been a while since you had meaningful time alone with your partner. Here are four tips that can help you relax into the comfort of a totally adult relationship:

Invest in each other. When you’re managing an active family and a demanding career, your marriage often ends up on the back burner. Now you can focus on your relationship, just as you would any valuable asset. You’ll feel more treasured as the emotional dividends grow.

Give the gift of time. Take turns planning activities you'll both enjoy. Rent a bicycle built for two, walk on the beach or take a hike in the mountains. Sneak away from work and meet at a museum or enjoy a picnic in the park. Surprise each other and be spontaneous with your affection.

Act like kids and laugh a lot. When kids around, you’re stressed by all the cooking, laundry, and bills. It's emotionally healthy to be playful and let off steam. It’ll remind you about who you are at the core and why you fell in love.

Create romance and intimacy. If this has been on your 'to do' list for a long time, this is your chance to make it happen. No need to pencil it in or make love on the run. Turn on the music, light candles and share that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion.

Time flies--before you know it, your campers will be home, talking about new friends and the good times they had. Throughout the school year, remember to savor the memoriesof your brief second honeymoon. And save your mad money to hold a place for them in camp next summer.

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