Do you remember when you were first married – how you and your spouse enjoyed endless conversation, had fun together every weekend, and always seemed to have time for one another?
Do you remember how all of that changed in the years after you became parents – how every moment seemed busy with sports practice, dentist appointments, and school programs?
Once a couple has children, it’s easy for the marriage to get pushed down the priority list. The home becomes child-focused instead of marriage-focused. That shift seems to make sense in the moment because children need a lot of attention and affection from their parents. But if everything – including your marriage – revolves around your children, your home is out of balance.
The desire to be a great parent becomes unhealthy when it overshadows the desire to be a good spouse. A strong marriage is one of the greatest gifts you can offer your children. It’s the foundation of their stability and confidence and will benefit them throughout their lives.
Wise couples protect their relationship. They continue loving and serving one another, even while they’re parenting together.
On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Loving Your Spouse in the Midst of Parenthood,” we’re talking with authors Patrick and Ruth Schwenk about how to bless your children by having a marriage-centric home. Tune in on your local radio station, online, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on our free phone app.
Their book is called For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House, and it offers couples fun, practical ways that will keep their love alive even in the midst of busyness. Visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).