How Children Bring Couples Closer To Each Other
If you’ve had children, you know first hand that they change your life and your relationship forever, often in unexpected and delightful ways. If you’re planning or expecting your first child soon, you’ve probably heard a lot about how life will never be the same again – and it’s all true!
There’s a lot of information out there about how you’ll hardly ever see each other, and when you do you’ll be far too sleep deprived to do anything except crash on the couch. Honestly, it can all start to sound a bit negative.
There’s another side to having a baby, though – it can bring you and your spouse a lot closer as a couple. Going through such a life-changing experience together changes your relationship and shows you sides of each other that you might not have seen before.
Let’s take a look at how children bring couples closer to each other.
You Solve Problems Together
Parenting brings with it a whole set of small and large problems to be solved on a daily basis. How can you dress a toddler who’s doing a marvelous impression of a windmill? How do you handle a sticky situation at school? Where has their favorite toy gone?
Tackling problems together brings you close as you each use your strengths to solve issues both big and small.
You’ll Love Seeing Your Spouse With Your Kids
Watching your spouse interact with your kids is one of the most profound experiences you’ll have as co-parents. Seeing the way they teach them things, dry their tears, laugh with them, or play games with them, is guaranteed to make your heart swell with pride and joy.
Seeing each other in your new roles as parents can make you fall in love with each other all over again.
You’ll See Each Other At Your Worst – And That Can Be The Best
Let’s be honest – raising kids is a messy and tiring business at times. There will be times when you’re so sleep deprived you could swear you can hear colors. Sometimes you will end up with unmentionable things on your clothes or in your hair.
Seeing each other exhausted and covered in spit-up doesn’t sound romantic, but in fact it can bring you so much closer. Appearances and niceties no longer matter – you’re right there together, dealing with everything that comes your way, and supporting each other through it.
You Plan A New Future Together
When you have kids, you find yourself planning a brand new future. In the short term there are vacations to take and fun family holiday celebrations to have, and perhaps socializing, camp, or classes. In the long term you’re thinking about schools, college, where to live as a family, and how to adapt to your kids growing and changing.
Planning a new future together with your partner is both intimate, and exciting. You’re setting goals and reaching them together. You’re both actively involved in crafting the life you want to share as a family.
You’re A Team More Than Ever
Parenting together takes teamwork. Maybe they’ll pick the kids up and grab something for dinner, while you deal with a last minute work crisis. Perhaps you’ll be there to help the oldest with homework, while they feed the hungry baby. Sometimes you’ll need to take turns dealing with middle of the night wake up calls.
Working together as a team brings you closer. You’ll find yourselves collaborating on so many different things and figuring them out together. As you learn to play to each other’s strengths, you’ll become a dream team and build even more trust in each other.
Raising kids together is fun, nerve-racking, challenging, beautiful, and an experience like no other. Keep your family and relationship at the heart of all you do, and it can also connect you to your partner more deeply than ever before.
Author Bio:- Rachel Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. Her mission is to provide inspiration, support and empowerment to everyone on their journey to a great marriage. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.