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To have precious quality time with her husband, Susan Nielsen, a mother of two in Spokane, Washington, buys season theater tickets. "Since we prepay, we don't put off going," she says. "We always have a wonderful time, with dinner before the show."
Tell him what a fine job he's doing.
Every time I praise my husband for being wonderfully gentle with the kids, or for his endless patience, I'm likely to get compliments in return.
Talk to him while he shaves.
Or when he's outside washing the car. Or when the commercials come on during Monster Garage (you might want to mute the TV). Point is: You can snatch some time during the day for a little chat -- the dishes you would've started can wait.