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10 easy ways to put the spark back in your marriage

By Today's Parent staff
10 easy ways to put the spark back in your marriage

10 easy ways to put the spark back in your marriage

Time to spark things up

There's no time like the present to spark things up in your marriage! Start by putting sex/relationship columnist Liza Finlay's main tenets to practice:

• Establish ground rules for fair fighting.

• Go on regular date nights (weekly, if possible) to keep the friendship strong.

• Stop keeping score of who does what.

• Build trust by exercising reliability over all the little things.
 
Click on through this gallery for more of Finlay's spark-igniting tips, articles and tricks.
 

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02Rekindle your friendship

Stop scheduling sex and start scheduling pillow fights, movie nights, baseball games!

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03Live in the past

Living in the present isn't all it's cracked up to be all the time. Connect with your partner by reliving the past together with some simple and fun exercises.

Get the article here.

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04Spice up your love life

Are you having enough sex? Find out now, and learn strategies for spicing up your love life.

Get the article here.

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05Hug!

Hug your partner — right now! Here's why showing affection is the key to a successful relationship.

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06Cheat proof

Fortify your marriage with Finlay's four cheat-proofing strategies.

Get the article here.

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07Amp up your quality time

The issue of “couple time” falls into that Mars-Venus planetary orbit. Learn what constitutes quality “couple time," how much is enough, and how to make quality time work for both of you.

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08Embrace your differences

Is that old "opposites attract" idiom really ideal? Not necessarily. But you can find the power in your personal differences with Finlay's tips.

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09Practise the art of compromise

Compromise is a crucial part of any good relationship. Try Finlay's tips for really making it work for you and your partner.

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10Say "I love you"

We all have different ways of expressing our love. Find out which "language of love" your partner speaks.

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10 easy ways to put the spark back in your marriage

11Learn from your kids

Everything you need to know about marriage...may actually be learned through parenting — cooperation, listening and even time outs!

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Don't settle for ho-hum! Here are some ideas to add a little spice to your relationship.

This article was originally published on Sep 24, 2012

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