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Dating Your Spouse After Marriage and Kids with John Kirk

SHOW NOTES: Episode 33

In today’s episode, I have my husband John back on the show as we talk about the importance of dating your spouse after marriage and kids. We share our own experiences and the value we find in setting aside that intentional time to connect with each other.

Dating, for us, isn't about fancy dinners or extravagant outings. It's about setting aside time to talk intentionally, and to enjoy each other's company. Sure, we may have to discuss some hard stuff occasionally, but the main value lies in the connection.

We've always prioritized these dates for our relationship to thrive. As our kids got older and we could leave them home alone, dating became easier. But, we laid the foundation for dating when it was harder to do so. Dating helps us navigate those challenges and grow together. We encourage you and your spouse to start somewhere and be dedicated and intentional about dating, even if it's not as frequent as once a week.

Open communication and compromise are key in a marriage. It’s important to set aside intentional time for connection and to really try to understand each other’s expectations and desires.

If you have never tried setting aside that intentional time to date your spouse, we encourage you to do that! I'd love to hear if this episode helped you. Send me a DM on Instagram @marandakirk or an email to!


  • Importance of dating after marriage and kids

  • Incorporating regular dates into the relationship

  • Setting aside intentional time to talk and enjoy each other's company

  • Making dates a priority

  • Navigating challenges and growth through dating

  • Effective communication in a relationship


  • Check out last week's episode HERE.

  • Connect with me on Instagram: @marandakirk

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Life’s greatest joy and greatest pain come in our relationships with others.  God created us for relationships so it's no surprise that we learn best how to navigate them…together! 

On Relationships Unraveled, we will create an inviting atmosphere for conversations that goes below the surface!  We will unravel stories and relationship dynamics of all kinds (God, Self, and Others), through honest and practical conversations that shock the norm to create new perspectives and understanding! I am your host, Maranda Kirk, and I use my faith in Jesus, passion, life experiences, and training as a life coach and Enneagram coach, to unravel ideas around relationships. 

On this show, we will talk honestly and practically about relationship dynamics we all face, so we can live the life we were created for, be an inspiring example to others, and ultimately fan the flame of relational wellness!  I learn and grow tremendously from the conversations I’m having with people, so I want to bring you along, in hopes that, by listening in, you will feel supported as you are challenged and encouraged to apply new ideas, understanding or skills to the relationships in your life and begin making the changes you desire! By experiencing small wins, we create momentum as we make progress!

Given my heart for conversations and relationships, I want to hear from you, connect with you, and cover the topics you want to learn more about! Connect with me on my website where you can join my email list,  Find me on Instagram @marandakirk and Facebook @Maranda Kirk - Relationships Unraveled


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