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Family 411: Experts say dating your spouse can help keep the romance alive

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No one said marriage was easy, but experts say dating your spouse can help keep the romance alive.

Vince and Krystina Shirey strapped themselves in for the long haul seven years ago.

Married with a house full of children.

Life put up roadblocks - and the romance stalled.

Krystina said, "That love and affection we felt for each other it wasn't new anymore.”

The Shireys say time just for each other turned into a necessity.

Deidre Prewitt councils married couples.

She says relationships take a back seat as many struggles with balancing family life.

Prewitt, said, “They're just passing one another in the night, and of the day they flop on the bed and go to sleep, and they don't ever really talk to each other.”

Prewitt says couples should make it a priority to connect with each other.

A couple of years into the Shirey's marriage Krystina and Vince took a shot at adding date night to their family calendar.

Once a week the Shireys focus on their relationship.

Prewitt says even taking 15 minutes a day to shut out the rest of the world can make a difference.

Prewitt said, “It's about finding that person in this new grown up finding that person you originally wanted to spend the rest of your life with.”

Vince and Krystina look for things to do that are interactive and try to stay consistent with their weekly ritual.

As they steer toward a healthy and happy life together, Prewitt says couples should consider counseling to find a way back to what they once had - but don't wait years to get started.

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