According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, ” numerous studies have shown that a couples’ satisfaction with their marriage takes a nose dive after the first child is born. Sleepless nights and fights over whose turn it is to change diapers can leach the fun out of a relationship…..a growing number of mental-health professionals are advising couples to undergo pre-baby counseling to hash out marital minefields such as divvying up baby-related responsibilities, money issues, and expectations for sex and social lives.. “ Read the full article here
Have you made your romantic relationship a priority since having children? Do you have a weekly date that is sacred except for circumstances such as illness or a true emergency? Do you surprise your spouse with small gifts, cards, text messages and massages? If you can’t answer yes to these questions then you are not putting money in your relationship bank.
We assume that good parents meet their children’s needs first. However, children’s needs are best met by parents who meet their own needs…including romance. Children need their parents to model loving and respectful relationships. Such parental connection enriches your partnership and is critical to raising children who are “relationship ready”.