5. Marriage relationships work best when we plan time together. Have fun creating special times together to keep that love alive and thriving. A date night even at home can be very romantic. We can make special evenings at home with a little planning and preparation. I like date nights that include essential oil massages, a delicious dinner, and music.
Husbands and wives: be thankful for each other. We have a chance each day to love one another. It can be simple: a little love note, a text in the middle of the day, aromatherapy massages on reflex points after a long day. These are just little reminders that you care. Most husbands and wives are apart for most of their day. That’s many hours per week, so we need to mark our calendars for dates and times to be alone together.
More ideas for fueling the flame: be gracious to one another when you are wrong, learn to say I am sorry, be humble to accept constructive criticism.
6. Communicate with your children. As parents our relationships with our children evolve over time. As moms, whether we have one or more children, they rely on us often at a second’s notice, especially if they are little ones. We wear many hats, don’t we? Safety patrol, party planner, chauffeur, fashion designer, doctor, story teller, playmate, counselor, athletic director and nutritionalist.
Preserving our relationships with our older children takes communication skills at all stages. I find these times so special with each of my children. It is what has kept our relationships strong. I now have three children who have gone through their teens. I learned to listen to them at this stage in each of their lives, as they did to me.
There’s potential to get bent out of shape after a day of work, running after children that you love dearly and would not change for the world, but it is a lot of work. This is where family time and family working together makes life more meaningful and takes some of the pressures of running a household off of us. When we teach our children to be contributors to family events, like making meals together and other chores, it teaches them to be great givers and it will enhance and strengthen the family.
7. Take 5 minutes. Five minutes before you go to bed to be thankful for your day and plan what you want tomorrow to look like. Take 5 minutes when you wake up to be thankful for the new day and get your mindset for your day. Make these times your space to visualize what your intentions are.
8. Make a new beginning for yourself. Life is greatest lived when we can move on, forgetting the past, having no regrets, replacing fear and anxiety with trust and faith and making each day a new beginning.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:37
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