Between feedings and bathing, finding matching socks, changing diapers, playing blocks, and all that happens in between, it can sometimes feel like 100% of our time is focused on our babies and toddlers.
The demands of young children can leave little time to connect with your partner. It’s easy to forget what life was like before children—sleeping in, what’s that? But staying connected with your partner is not only healthy for the two of you, but for the whole family as well.
Even small steps and gestures throughout the day can go a long way in showing that you care and support each other as you navigate your parenting journey.
Starting the Day on a Good Note
Sharing tasks in the morning routine can be a lifesaver for busy families. Even if it just means you start coffee before your partner wakes up or get breakfast started, those are welcomed gestures for bleary-eyed parents.
Make Time to Talk
Constant interruptions and drained energy at the end of the day can make it hard to get in some good, daily talks with your partner. If your baby or toddler is content in a carrier or a stroller, take the family out for a hike or walk along a bike path. Some couples find they can get in a good conversation out in nature while their children are comfy in their carrier.
Showing You Care
Not all families have the luxury of family or friends nearby who can watch the kiddos for a much-needed date night. If this is your situation, you could institute a “gift Friday” where you make or give something to your partner that has some special meaning to the two of you. Maybe it’s a card with lyrics from your favorite songs, or takeout from your partner’s favorite restaurant.
The saying “The days are long, but the years are short” can seem oh so true in your child’s first year of life—sometimes longer. Taking the time to connect with your partner keeps the spark alive and helps strengthen the bond between you and your children.
Perfect for a date-night or with baby in tow, Parenting Now! invites you to join us at Flights & Bites for Families on Sunday, May 21 at Sarver Winery. Starting at 5 pm, guests will enjoy a three-course tasting menu and wines expertly paired by Sarver Winery’s staff. Come sip, nosh, and spend a spring evening with good friends!
Tickets are $45 (kids under 5 are free), and are available at https://parentingnow.org/event/flights-bites-for-families. Your ticket purchase will go directly to the heart of our work: critical parenting education and primary abuse prevention in Oregon and across the country.