No marriage is perfect, but sometimes the stress of raising children, paying bills, and other challenges can make being with your partner seem unbearable. With more and more couples going to divorce lawyers, it’s never been more vital for couples to find ways to rekindle their relationships. Marriage counseling might be necessary for some, but there are simple steps you can take at home to bridge the gap and rekindle the romance with your partner. While it may sound shocking at first, cooking with your spouse is an excellent way to bond with your partner.
Variety Is the Spice of Life
It’s important to find new experiences as a couple, since it keeps things fresh, breaks up the monotony of running a household, and provides a structured context for bonding as a couple. The kitchen is the perfect place to indulge in new and exciting experiences together without breaking the bank. Trying new foods from different cultures and experimenting with old favorites allows you to turn the simple act of cooking into a novel experience every time. There are virtually endless possibilities, limited only by how well you can learn to work together. Why not make a dish from a foreign country and then eat it together while watching a movie from the country as well? Experiences like this can help you try new things and make new, lasting memories together.
Those Who Play Together, Stay Together
Building a strong marriage requires bonding over shared hobbies and activities. Whether you’re an avowed steak lover or a dedicated vegetarian, one thing we can all agree on is our love of food. Therefore, the kitchen is the perfect place to participate in a shared activity. Tackling a new recipe can be challenging, but working on a challenge together can be very bonding. Figuring out a difficult recipe together teaches the communication skills needed in other areas of the relationship in a fun, safe way.
By experimenting with ingredients and trusting your partner’s culinary instincts, you will both also learn the value of trusting each other to make decisions in a comparatively low-risk situation, an important skill which can then be applied to more serious areas of your relationship. You may learn a lot about your partner and your relationship as you work together as a team to produce something beautiful and delicious. And if the dish is a disaster, at least you tried your best together and have a fun memory to laugh about in years to come.
It Takes Two
You owe it to yourself and your spouse to take steps in improving your marriage. Cooking together can add novelty an excitement back into your relationship and provide a simple way to bond. More importantly, as a shared activity it helps to teach and reinforce the communication skills and trust that form the foundation of a strong marriage. So heat up a delicious dish together and rekindle the romance of your marriage!