Relationships are an important part of our happiness. To cultivate relationships, combine sharing with emotional intelligence, and add excellent communication skills, especially listening. Understand the importance of love languages, loving actions, and being authentic. For close relationships, know what you want, identify needs and meet needs with love, and learn effective conflict resolution skills. Learn more with love books, including “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman.
To stay connected with friends, family, or a partner, be prepared with ideas for activities to spend time together.
Fun games are a great way to connect: Board games like Scrabble or Wahoo, Card games like Golf, Hearts, or Uno, Dice Games like Skunk, Farkle (scoresheets), or Qwixx (scoresheets), Apps like Heads Up or Things. Crossyroad, with multi-player over local wi-fi for Android. Learn how to play some of these games with videos at this Youtube playlist.
Socially Distanced Options: Schedule a time that works for everyone with Rally.co. Set up a game room to play Uno and Farkle (plus more) at buddyboardgames.com with no registration required. Practice against the computer: Uno at crazygames.com, Farkle at cardgames.io. At trickster cards, you can practice against the computer, join a game, or create or join a game with friends. Roll Qwixx dice online at rollthedice.online or play online here, with instructions here. Try Bowl Full of Nouns for something different. Read books with grandkids with the Caribu app.
When you can’t relate
There are times when playing a game with friends or family isn’t possible. For those times, try Solitaire Social at crazygames.com, Boggle at wordshake.com, pacman at Lumpty, or Make Words at games.forkids.education.
Date Night Ideas
A date night could include: dancing, dinner out, game night, a movie, or pizza night. Other options are seasonal bucket lists, and other activities to share. A Penny Date can add some randomness: your partner chooses a number between 10-20 (that’s the # of times you’ll flip the penny) Heads is right, and Tails left. Flip the penny at every junction until the number is reached. Look around for something to do! Here are some date night ideas for each month of the year:
1. Video game arcade
2. Fancy Restaurant
3. Board or card game
5. Miniature golf
6. Restaurant with music
7. Swimming pool
8. Outdoor concert
9. Lakeside picnic
11. Coffee House music
12. Christmas lights and hot chocolate
The Relate File includes 3 x 5 cards for:
- The Five Love Languages
- Conversation Starters
- Date Night Ideas
- Seasonal Bucket Lists
- A- Z activities
- Game Ideas
Download a free printable Relate File pdf