Are you loving your love life? If not, this is the chapter for you. Meagan talks about the challenges of raising young kids and the impact on her marriage. It is a sweet story with a happy ending. Before I had
kids, I wondered why so many couples had marital discord during the wife's pregnancy and divorced during those first 5 years of child-rearing. From the outside looking in, it is the happiest of times; in reality, it is a mix bag of amazing highs (seeing your baby for the first time) and incredible lows (2 hours of sleep in 3 days). Can anyone relate to never going to the bathroom alone or getting really angry when you are up at 3a.m and your spouse is peacefully snoring? Here are some advice from the Happiest Mom that I find to be very helpful.
- It is important for spouses to recognize what it takes to keep the house running, appreciate one another's contributions and make an effort towards pulling your weight.
- Don't expect your spouse to read your mind, be direct with your needs- no hinting, sighing, or beating around the bush.
- Your spouse cannot be everything to you. Create a network and rely on others.
- Stay connected - move your love life from the bottom of your to-do list.
- When you are happy and have a well-rounded life, you can actually enjoy your kids.