Hey Parents, Your Marriage Called: It’s Feeling Neglected!

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Alright, folks, gather ’round. Let’s debunk a myth that’s been floating around for a while. You know, the one that says your kids should always be the center of your universe, and your spouse? Eh, they can wait.


So, here’s the deal: A bunch of men have been cracking jokes about being third or fourth in line after the kids, the dog, and maybe even the neighbor’s cat. But, surprise, surprise, for many, it’s not just a joke. The modern parenting manual seems to have an unwritten rule: “Kids first, always!” But, let’s pause and think. If the foundation (read: marriage) is shaky, how stable will the house (read: family) be?


Now, I’m not saying you should ignore your kids and whisk your partner away for a spontaneous trip to Paris (though, if you can, why not?). But there’s a balance to strike. The idea is simple: A strong, loving marriage creates a happy environment for the kids. So, by prioritizing your partner, you’re actually doing your kids a favor. Mind blown, right?


But how do you actually put this into practice? What does “prioritizing your spouse” even mean? Is it buying them chocolates every day? (If so, sign me up!) Well, it’s more about setting boundaries with your kids while still being a loving parent.


Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: the age-old belief that kids should always be numero uno. Where did this come from? Well, it might be a reaction to older times when kids were seen but not heard. But now, it’s swung the other way. Parents are under the microscope, judged if they don’t cater to every whim of their child.


And here’s a fun fact: While you’re busy asking your kids about their day and chauffeuring them to their umpteenth class, your partner might be feeling a tad left out. Remember, adults have feelings too! So, maybe, just maybe, schedule a date night once in a while. Swap babysitting duties with a friend. Keep the romance alive!


Some parents think, “I’ll focus on my kids now and get back to my marriage later.” But here’s the kicker: By the time “later” comes, you might be living with a stranger. And trust me, that’s not the kind of surprise anyone wants.


Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Does putting my spouse first mean I love my kids any less?” Nope! It’s not a competition. It’s about understanding and addressing the needs of both your partner and your kids.


And here’s a pro tip: Kids are smart. They pick up on things. If you’re always arguing behind closed doors, they’ll sense the tension. So, maybe let them see you resolve conflicts. It’s a life lesson!


Lastly, for those who’ve faced backlash for prioritizing their marriage, remember: It’s your life, your rules. Some might be uncomfortable with the changing dynamics, but hey, change is the only constant.


In conclusion, while kids are a bundle of joy, your marriage is the gift that keeps on giving. Nurture it, cherish it, and remember: A happy marriage leads to a happy family.

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