Slow Down

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Several years ago, I wrote a story for Columbus Parent seeking advice from a couple who had been married for more than 50 years. Two things they said stuck with me. First, they carved out time every week to have a date night. Many of their dates took place right in their living room while the kids were asleep in their rooms. The couple said they would open a bottle of wine, put out a plate of cheese and fruit and discuss their week, their kids and their future. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

The other nugget I loved was that almost every evening after dinner, the family would take a walk around the neighborhood. With today's hectic schedules that hardly seems possible but I think it's worth a try.

During this winter break, my husband and I have bundled the kids up for walks several times. The kids whine and complain at the start but it doesn't last long. We've enjoyed our neighbors' Christmas lights, listening to nighttime noises and discovering our neighborhood after dark.

We have even visited the kids' school and played on the playground. There's something magical about swinging under the stars or zipping down a tunnel slide in the dark.

Try it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.