10 Secrets Of A Happy Marriage

It’s no secret that having children is a wonderful gift, but the time constraints of parenthood can put a lot of strain on your relationship with your partner. Here are 10 secrets of happy couples

How to keep the love alive when you're busy raising a family. It can be tough, we all know that. But it is so important to remember why you got married in the first place and to spend time nourishing that relationship as well as your children.

Quality over quantity

You may be surprised to learn in the early days with a new baby, your partner might rather trade a bedtime boogie for an extra hour of sleep. Studies have shown that when it comes to the happiness of a couple, it’s the quality not the quantity that really matters between the sheets. 

Time to connect 

With all your duties as parents, time with your significant other can be pushed aside. Date night is more than just fun away from the kids – it’s a time for you as a couple to get reconnected. If you are on a tight budget, your date can be as simple as a having a fancy dinner at home once the kiddies are in bed.

Time on your own

Just as important as we time is your own” me” time. Sit down with your partner and carve out some time for you to get away. A night out with friends or an hour to read the paper on Saturday morning will do wonders for your own mental health.

Positivity is a must

Don’t dwell on the things that bother you. Instead, talk about them and move on. Focus on the positive by acknowledging when your partner goes above and beyond their normal family responsibilities. This can be as simple as saying thank you.

Communication is key

Talk about your day, your week, what the kids are doing, work and anything else that is important in your daily life. When your partner is talking make sure that you truly listen to what they have to say. 

Giving gifts shows that you care 

This doesn’t necessarily mean diamonds every day.  Something as small as a love note tucked away where your significant other will find it can make their day. This is one of the simplest and effective ways to show your partner that you are thinking about them when life gets crazy.

Try to be affectionate on a daily basis

Flirt with your partner with light touches and quick pecks on the cheek. Touch is one of the easiest ways to stay affectionate with your love.

Money can be recovered, memories cannot 

This may be a difficult concept to grasp in the moment.  Working parents can sometimes find themselves caught up in their job; thinking that taking time off will equal money lost. Depending on what you do for a living this may be true, but equally true is the fact that if a spouse is never around, especially for big moments in a child’s life, it can damage a relationship.  You may not be able to be there for your baby’s first steps, but you can definitely schedule time for their first trip to the zoo. Making memories like this build happy memories for couples and kids alike.

Sorry is not a bad word

Often times we put our pride in front of our relationships refusing to say that one little word that can diffuse the situation. Saying you’re sorry lets your partner know that you care and might also give them the cue to apologize for their part of the issue as well.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Besides parenting, marriage is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. You are bound to make mistakes along the way, but that doesn’t make you a bad spouse and it definitely doesn’t mean that your relationship is flawed.  One of the most important keys to a happy relationship is the understanding that a relationship takes a lot of hard work, but reward for that work is worth more than all of the gold in the world.

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