Do you have enough time with your spouse? Do you focus too much attention on your children? Would you like to keep your marriage and your family strong? Inside you’ll find 3 parenting tips for staying in love.

Childhood Wisdom:

Art Linkletter’s TV program “Kids Say the Darndest Things!” filled the TV screen every week in the 50’s and 60’s. Here’s one child’s answer when Mr. Linkletter asked, “How did your parents meet?”

Child - My folks met in a night club.

Art – What was your father doing?

Child – He was a bartender.

Art – And your mother?

Child – She was attending a PTA meeting.

Whether you met in a bar, a PTA meeting, or some other place, chances are you had fun dating before you married. Most likely you enjoyed being with each other doing simple things.

When children are born, some couples drift apart. Bathing the little ones, running the older kids to their activities, and a busy career leave couples little time to focus on each other. To make sure you are spending romantic time with your partner, let the 3 parenting tips below help you:

First Parenting Tip - Go for a Walk and Talk

I love you - those three words have my life in them.
~ Alexandrea to Nicholas III

Remember why you married. If you can’t get away by yourselves, go somewhere your kids will enjoy like a park, the beach, or on a hike. Pack a picnic lunch and let the kids play while you enjoy each other. Fresh air, nature, and holding hands can add the romance that keeps your love alive.

Second Parenting Tip – Play a Game

Only love lets us see normal things
in an extraordinary way.
~ Anonymous

Put the kids to bed. Fix some peppermint tea. Pick out your favorite game and turn on romantic music. Tease each other a little and have a good time. These precious moments are bonding times.

Third Parenting Tip – Cook a Candlelit Dinner Together

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Put the kids to bed. Cook a candlelit dinner together. Add some romantic music. Hold hands across the table. Talk to your hearts’ content. This special attention to each other will remind you why you married and increase your loving bond.

Conclusion – Staying in Love

Never say, “I don’t have time.” Delete unnecessary outside activities. Nurture your marriage instead. It’s the best thing you can do to create a meaningful life and a loving family.

Whether you met in a bar, the PTA, or some other place, give your relationship the glow it needs. You’ll love life, your spouse, and you’ll strengthen your family too.

Author's Bio: 

Jean Tracy publishes a Free Parenting Newsletter. Subscribe at www.KidsDiscuss.com and receive 80 fun activities to share with your kids.

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