Money and Sex
These are two of the biggest areas for marital conflict anyway, but adding kids to the mix can exacerbate the situation. Having the time and energy for sex when parenting can be hard, especially with little children. Click here for a series on romance in marriage.
Extra people in the house pulling on a tight budget can add extra stress, more so when this is an area of contention. We have spent a week series devoted to the issue of money in marriage. Click here to check it out.
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Helping Each Other- Part Two
It is so easy as parents, to allow your marriage to get placed on the back burner. With crazy schedules and making sure the kids needs are met, where can you find time for the marriage? How do you make that a priority? Check out this weeklong series we did about making your marriage the priority by clicking here.
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Helping Each Other-Part 1
We can coax our husband into and empower him to parent; or we can add one more thing to his to do list. We don’t want to be a nagging wife but we also don’t want to resent our spouse because we feel so overwhelmed. This is such an important topic we spent a weeklong series looking at it. Click here to see that series.
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Children Have a Huge Impact On Our Marriage
It is amazing how so many of us go into parenting so unprepared for the changes it will bring in our lives. We treat it like it is something to add to what we are already doing, just an add-on in our lifestyle, rather then a complete lifestyle change. Getting married we are suppose to learn to be selfless, to put another’s needs before our own, to go from me to us. This may be why some of those early years of marriage are difficult as we figure out how to do this. Parenting is something that forces us to put someone else’s needs before our own.
There are also some basic areas of conflict in a marriage, things like communication, finances, sex life, time together and in-laws. Parenting can exacerbate all the marital “conflict zones.” Because it can create conflict and because parenting is so much more demanding of our energy and attention, it is very easy to put the marriage on the back burner. Looking at it from this perspective can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, this week we will be looking at how to make sure to prioritize your marriage.
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The Gift of Time
One of the things that is imperative to raising daughters is time. While this is true for all kids, daughters really need the one on one time to communicate. Look for ways to give your daughter your focused attention in the busyness of life. This is especially important for dads. It is easy for a dad to give time to his sons because they probably share similar interests. Fathers and sons may spend time talking and bonding while playing catch, fishing or other similar activities. While a daughter may participate and enjoy these things, she may benefit from a father/mother daughter date night. Look for ways to give your daughter time to communicate. This is especially important as she gets older. During the teenage years you want to be the one she comes to talk, not just her peers. Make sure to put quality time for your kids on your calendar.
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