Making “US” and “ME” time when you have children


July 28th, 2013

This week, we had a great discussion on my “The Couple Wellness Expert” Facebook fan page.  Be sure to “like” it if you haven’t already!  In light of the royal baby being born this week, I had posed the question of how couples can manage maintaining closeness in their relationship with a new baby.  It is so important to continue to keep your eyes on each other while raising children, and making that time for each other.  It is so easy to simply focus all your energy and time to the children, and forget about your partner.  Before you know it, wifey is feeling overwhelmed, hubby is feeling left out, the children have left the nest and you and your partner are staring at each other as strangers as opposed to as best friends.  Not only is it important to have “US” time, but it is also important to have “ME” time.  If the parents are connected and relaxed, the children will pick up on that calm and stable energy.  Yes, it is hard to maintain that balance of time with the kids, time for yourself, time with your partner, and time with family/friends, but it is so essential for your relationship and for your own personal wellness.  That alone time is important to maintain your identity outside of work, role of wife/husband and the role of parent.  So, here are some suggestions for maintaining balance that came out of the discussion:

1/ have a regular date night (weekly is preferred), where you do NOT talk about the children.  A date night can be having someone (grandparents, other family/friends) watch the children while you and your partner get a couples massage, see a movie, go for dinner, or even go out for quick coffee together.  Or if your baby is not yet sleeping through the night, a date night can simply be enjoying each other’s company cuddling on the couch after the children have gone to bed, or enjoying a refreshment in your backyard together.  Or it can be ordering a quiet dinner in while the kids are out of the house so that you don’t have to worry about cooking or the dinner clean up!  Or if you are both so tired you can’t even think straight, a date night can even be taking a nice refreshing nap together!  Schedule in the time together so that months don’t go by without spending that crucial quality time together.

2/ maintain your personal interests and hobbies, whether it’s rollerblading, going to the gym, reading or crafts.  Take turns watching the kids while the other has some individual time.

3/ family time can be spent going for a walk together around the neighbourhood together.  You and your partner can chat while your little one is sleeping in the stroller or playing on the playground.

4/ be forgiving and accepting of each other during the stressful times.  Maintain that communication with each other and let the other person clearly know what you need.  Appreciate those little moments together to let each other know that you still think about the other person, still care about them and love them.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for maintaining the balance in your lives when you have children.  Thank-you to RL, MJ and ML for our enriching discussion!!

 


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Looking for happily married couples who have been together over 40 years!!!


July 22nd, 2013

In my last post I talked about my upcoming book!  It still has a working title, and I’ve added a few more chapter ideas.  My working title is now, “The Lasting Marriage: 11 Ways to Together Forever”.  Let me know what you think.  I would also like to add some qualitative data, so will be doing interviews with long-married couples.  So, if you know any happily married couples who have been married for over 40 years, please let me know!  I would love to talk to them for my book!

Thanks,

Melissa


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My Upcoming Book on Marriage!!!


July 15th, 2013

I am so excited to announce that I will be writing a book on marriage!  I met with a publisher this weekend, and things are in the works!  My tentative title is “The Lasting Marriage: 9 ways to prevent divorce”.  What do you think?  Please give me your feedback on the title.

The book will be giving useful and practical advise on enriching your relatioship and how to avoid becoming a divorce statistic.  My passion is to help people with their relationships, regardless of what point they are in their relationship.  You could be a premarital couple who want to form a strong foundation for your lifelong marriage.  Or you could be a couple who are content with your relationship but wish to enrich it by bringing it to the next level of closeness and connection.  Or you could be a couple in distress who want to make the effort to make it work rather than going through the heart-ache of divorce.

Whatever point you are at in your relationship, this book will help you and your partner get and keep a loving, happy marriage!  Please subscribe to my newsletter to stay tuned to the progress of my upcoming book!!!!


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