I have a secret that I’d like to share with all the couples out there. It’s called Coffee Time. And in my household it is sacred time.
Coffee Time is my favorite time of the day. It occurs on the back patio at my house when it’s nice weather, inside when it’s not, or at my office (where my husband also offices). At the office is my favorite location. See photo above.
We have been doing Coffee Time for years and rules have developed over time. It lasts at least 15 minutes and it is a kid-free time. At our house this is tricky because our three kids don’t think Coffee Time should be a thing. Instead they want someone to spread peanut butter on their waffle, take them potty, or start Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. But Kyle and I refuse to do these things during Coffee Time. Because, for the love, we do those things 99% of the rest of our waking hours (or at least it can feel that way).
During Coffee Time my husband and I connect. Sometimes it’s making plans (what are we doing this weekend? do you have a plan for dinner?); sometimes it’s talking about the news or weather; sometimes it’s reading our devotion for the day; and sometimes it’s just checking in (how are you doing with that project? are you feeling better about that thing you were worried about?).
Coffee Time fills my bucket because it’s meeting my need for quality time. Gary Chapman wrote this really great book called The Five Love Languages (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/). The book is a pretty quick read it you’re looking for a little boost in your relationship. Basically he outlines five ways we give and receive love:
- Quality time
- Acts of service
- Words of Affirmation
- Physical Touch
We each do all of these things it’s just that some are more meaningful for us. Also we tend to show love to others via the way we receive love. This is great if your partner has the same primary love language, but often that’s not the case.
So, in reality, the secret to not getting divorced is more complicated than just Coffee Time, but if you want to strengthen your relationship with your partner, find out your primary love languages. For the quality time folks out there – I’d start with Coffee Time.