Joe and I go on date night every week. It's a non-negotiable. When we've skipped one, I feel it, forgetting that we talk about topics outside of laundry and kindergarten applications.
Struggle to get yours in? Think outside the dinner and drink framework:
Combine with self-care: Go to a workout class together and grab a quick bite after.
Think beyond 'night': Grab breakfast after drop-off, meet each other for lunch, or take a whole day off together sans kids.
Sign-up for a regular class: One mom I know claims her weekly dance classes are better than marriage counseling.
If you find date night keeps falling off the calendar, book a sitter to come one-night every week, so you are committed to doing something. Don't overthink it -- some of our best nights have been grabbing tacos and beers.
So, go on. Remind yourself of why you fell in love in the first place.