The Parts and the Whole – Date Guide

By Greg Smalley
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The Parts and the Whole.

Step 1: Go someplace different for dinner.

Step 2: Putting the Pieces Together.

  • Go for a long drive through the city or out in the country, letting one spouse serve as the planner and navigator and the other as the driver.
  • Divide the evening into two parts. Spend the first half doing his favorite thing and the second half doing hers.
  • Bring a laptop computer to the nearest Wi-Fi café. Take turns surfing the Web and showing each other your favorite content on the Internet.

Step 3: Relax and unwind. Ready to answer a few questions?

  • What was your favorite part of the evening?
  • What is the one thing you learned tonight that you didn’t know about me before?
  • How can I help facilitate your own growth as an individual—spiritually? Emotionally? Physically? Professionally? How can I encourage you and give you the freedom to pursue your own personal growth so that you can make an even greater contribution to our marriage?

Step 4: Home sweet home. Let’s plan our next date!

  • Think about additional ways you can grow both as individuals and as a couple in the days ahead.

© 2015 Focus on the Family.

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dr greg smalley vp of marriage
Greg Smalley

Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Marriage at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Prior to joining Focus, Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as president of the …

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