Your child’s homeroom teacher has called again asking you for a visit. A science project needs to be done, but not before the soccer team comes over while a ton of laundry piles up in the hamper.
By day end, the only thing that you want to do is clean up, get under the covers and sleep – not minding the person on the other side of the bed who’s equally tired as you are.
Sounds familiar? While this may seem normal for your family, continuing like this will wear you and your relationships down, especially with your spouse. This can lead to constant bickering, which can make a house that is simply not a home.
But then you may say, “I can’t help it if I’ve got a lot of work to do. As much as I want to have ‘quality time’ I just don’t have the time for it.”
Not necessarily true.
While you may have a lot to do, there are ways to find time to care for what’s truly important – and that is your relationship with your spouse and your family. Below are some suggestions just to get you started:
- When at work, during a coffee break or in between meetings, call up your husband/wife, just to let them know you’re thinking about them. Or you can tap out a short email or instant message.
- On occasion, ask your spouse what kind of food they would like to have for a change. And when at the grocery, make a slight detour and buy the ingredients for that dish.
- After dinner, even if you’re tired, help with cleaning up. This gives you time for you and your partner to share your day while preventing the notorious dozing off in mid-conversation. Another option is having the kids take care of cleaning up while you and your partner go out for a short walk.
Reinforce the relationship with these small but thoughtful gestures, building on the love that brought you and your partner together in the first place. In spite your busy and hectic schedule, they are never that far from your mind, which shows just how special they are to you.
As this becomes part of how you conduct “everyday” life, you’ll find your relationship with your spouse continues to grow stronger over time.
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