Being married with kids leaves little time to work on your marriage. Read these four expert relationship coach tips on how to improve your marriage and keep your family happy.
BALANCING KIDS AND HUSBAND, CHILDREN AND MARRIAGE
As I sat at the table during my son's IEP team meeting...I realized something. (Shocking, I know!) Hearing my son constantly referred to as "Special Needs" really just kind of irritates me! They kept saying things like "Well I know that behavior is a result of his "special needs." and "That teacher is better suited to him because she is trained in working with kids with "special needs" and "We understand that tests and homework may have to be handled differently be
Jen can’t remember the last time she and her husband Bob, had a date or a moment purely to themselves. They both have demanding careers as well as a busy family life. All four of their kids are active in sports so free time is spent shuttling one (or more) to practices and games.
Parents are expert Jugglers. With all the balls to keep in the air - from academics to sports, social events to finding time to sit down together for a meal - its no wonder we get into playing the Blame Game with a spouse or co-parent when something from our schedule *Splats* on the ground. There IS another way. Effectively implementing one single tool is a sure-fire way to save you friction with your fellow co-parent (current or ex), and have you and your family accomplishing more with less stress.
Imagine a scene where you ask your teen to pick up his clothes and he smiles and does it immediately. Does that sound too far-fetched. Maybe not, read on…. Every teen misbehaves at some point or another. From talking back and slamming doors to ditching class and using profanity. It’s normal for teens to want to feel independent, but it’s not acceptable for them to act out in a negative manner. Don’t go to the extreme, however — sending them off to boarding school isn’t the answer.
What’s with the quality time that everyone tries to accomplish with their families? Do you run yourselves ragged trying to cram a week’s worth of quality time into your evenings and weekends. As a result, you feel even more pressure and guilt because all this quality time has left no time for housework and the more mundane aspects of family life.
By Chief Writer for Veterans United Network, Levi Newman, for GalTime.com new dads and work People talk a lot about how working moms are affected by having children, but I rarely hear the conversation turn toward how working dads’ lives are changed. My life was dramatically altered when my wife and I started having kids, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.
The decision to become parents is a big one, to say the least. Many couples consider the financial responsibilities that raising children entails, and many also ask themselves if they are emotionally ready to be parents. What takes a lot of couples by surprise is this sense that they have to choose to either be focused on their children or on one another and their relationship.
Marriage is tricky. Motherhood? Even trickier. Balancing them both is — well — just shy of impossible. So, we asked the experts for their best advice about how you can be everything to everyone all of the time ... or at least a great wife to your husband and a great mom to your kids. Here's what they had to say:
Do parents lie to their kids? Do kids tell lies? Why do we lie, often when the truth would serve us better? We recently had a group of friends and relatives in our home for a dinner party. After some great food and general conversation, I asked them to help me with this project. Everyone was supportive and eager to assist in writing a book. But when I asked them to tell me why they lied, there was a shocked silence.
We all know this woman. Some of us are THIS woman. She is fearless! She takes on every task presented to her. I am all too familiar with this woman because I am her! I got married at 21 and you couldn’t tell me I couldn’t have it all. I was that woman walking down the street in a business suit with a briefcase in one hand, a kids hand in the other, purse and diaper bag on my shoulder, and talking on the phone setting appointments as I head to the office. I believed in my heart I could successfully juggle everything. My husband adored it.