I don't know about you, but my husband and I spend the majority of our free time curled up on the couch in front of the television. Now, don't get me wrong - I appreciate the time to relax and unwind from our busy days, and there are plenty of great movies and shows to keep us entertained. But lately, we've both been feeling like we could do something a little more productive with our time.
Since relationships are supposed to be about learning and doing new things together, one idea that occurred to us was that we could sign up for some sort of class. Of course, here it becomes tricky, because it can sometimes be difficult for women and men to settle on a class that both would be interested in. So, in the spirit of collaboration, my husband and I sat down and came up with this list of five classes that couples (including ourselves) might be interested in taking together.
1. Cooking class. Check your local cooking school to see if they offer classes to the public. It might be an ongoing noncredit course, or, like the Columbus North Market School of Cooking, they might offer regular a la carte classes to the public. Not only will you get to spend quality time together learning a new craft, but you will also be able to cook for one another on many future dates to come.
2. Language class. My husband and I have often commented to each other about our desire to become fluent in another language. We would love to increase our marketability, teach our kids a second language, and just be able to share the bond of being able to communicate in another way. Whether it's Spanish or American Sign Language, local colleges or universities likely offer noncredit language courses. If you can't coordinate your schedules to take a course, you could also invest in a home- or online-learning system.
3. Personal finance class. This might not sound like the most fun class to take together, but it could end up being the most beneficial. Taking a course that helps you organize your personal finances could get you started with conversations any serious couple should have, help you avoid finance-related conflicts in the future, and ultimately lead you to a better financial position. Online courses such as these offered through Columbus State Community College are an example of what is available to you.
4. Etiquette class. I, for one, have been embarrassed by my husband's table manners from time to time. It would be great to take a course together that would teach us about table etiquette for business dinners, banquets, weddings, or even just going out to nice restaurants together. These are sometimes offered in the form of courses, such as at the Etiquette School of New York, but this type of training may also be offered in the form of etiquette dinners through organizations such as university career planning programs.
5. Fitness classes. Some exercise classes are either generally inappropriate or not enjoyable for both sexes to take together. For example, my husband would probably laugh hysterically if I asked him to sign up for a yoga class, and I doubt we'd ever find a mixed-gender wrestling course. But there are some forms of exercise that we would both enjoy. Taking a fitness class is an excellent way to spend quality time together while holding one another accountable for staying in shape. Some fitness classes that both men and women might enjoy include martial arts training, kickboxing, and some strength/cardio classes.
This is only a start - there are plenty of other courses from art to interpersonal communication that you could take together, depending on your interests. You could also ask another couple to join your class with you to give your social life a boost. Of course, these classes generally won't come for free, but if you can afford to take them, you will come away with new skills and new memories that will make it worth the price.
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