We don’t often think of how parenting can improve partnering. Usually, we think of just the opposite…how parenting makes partnering harder. We instantly think of all the demands parenting makes on our time, money, energy, and resources, and how those demands complicate marriage.
It’s true that being a parent can make being a partner more difficult. This is why I always tell spouses, “You’re partnering should take precedent over your parenting.” I firmly believe this to be true for every marriage…
- Young spouses as well as senior adults spouses.
- Spouses who have biological children as well as those who have step children or adopted children.
- Those who have just one child as well as those who have twelve.
No matter the situation, the principle is the same. You’re partnering should take precedence over your parenting, because: