This cartoon is for all the couples who spend time with each other - and their electronic devices.


Many couples get caught up in the busyness of life. They get married because they love their partner, but after a while, love and fun go to the bottom of the list. I am always telling couples to prioritize time with one another. Put love back on the list. Here are five tips that can help you re-build a loving relationship:

  1. Turn off all electronic devices. It's important to know what is happening in your partner's life. Make sure you have a conversation before departing for the day, and know at least one important thing that your partner will be doing that day. 
  2. Make time for fun. Put fun back on the calendar. Schedule a time on the weekend where it's just the two of you. Take a drive, go on a picnic, take a hike or just hang out together. This is a time where it is about the relationship, this is not a time to talk about work or things that need to be done around the house.
  3. Get enough rest. Sleep is very important. It's much easier to focus when you have had a good night's rest. Do not bring your electronic devices to bed, they will only distract you. Make sure you have a dark and quiet room to sleep in.
  4. Kiss. You heard me right. Remember, when you were first dating how exciting it was to get a kiss. How you prepared for that kiss. Make sure you have brushed your teeth or have had a mint. You still want to make a good impression on your partner. It's important to have a departing kiss and a reuniting kiss, and the kiss should last for seven seconds.
  5. Work and the children don't always have to be first. Don't get me wrong I know they are important, but they will always be there. We live in a workaholic and child centric society. This makes it easy to put your relationship last. Learn to set boundaries with work and your family; it will do your relationship a world of good.
You work hard; remember to take time for your relationship and yourself. Not only with this help your relationship this will help your emotional health. If you find after reading this article that you still need help, then please call me at (650) 892-0357 for a consultation. If you enjoy reading my blog and would like to receive these helpful tips emailed directly to your mailbox, then sign up directly at my blog.

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