Moms Council: Prioritizing Your Partner

Local moms talk about taking time out for your partner and the importance of love and compassion in your marriage.

Hello and welcome to this week's Fredericksburg Patch Moms Council, an online forum of ordinary mothers just trying their best to raise their children. The Moms Council will take your questions, share advice and offer solutions every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Today's discussion is about keeping the spark lit in your marriage after children.

With everything going on in your daily grind, by the time the kids are put to sleep, the house is picked up and lunches are made, we are often too tired for romance. For a healthy marriage it is all too important to make your husband a priority over your children and more importantly show him you still love him (or her, as the case may be).

How do you show affection? Do you hold hands in public or steal a kiss in front of the kids? Do you have pet names for each other or share a secret language? What are the little things that still make you giddy for one another after all your years together?

Tell us your tips for a happy husband or partner. What do you do to let your significant other know you care? You don't have to spend a lot to do something special. Think back to the things you used to do before life got chaotic --- make his favorite dessert, give him a back/foot massage or even mix up his favorite after dinner drink.

With time at a minimum, what do you do to reconnect with your hubby after a long day? Do you share a hobby, enjoy watching a favorite t.v. show together, or just talk?

When was the last time your husband asked you out on a date? Where did you go? What did you do? Take a coffee break, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or getaway for a romantic weekend -- all that matters is its just the two of you.

Join the discussion -- we want to hear from you! Share with us in the comment area your suggestions for maintaining passion in your marriage when you have children, minimum time alone and tight budgets. When was the last time your husband did something that made you feel appreciated? For more information about the format, and an introduction to our Mom's Council, read our intro post here.

Sharee October 05, 2011 at 10:53 PM
He used his own spending money to buy me a favorite drink :)
Sharee October 05, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Just the little spontaneous things here and there...
Sharee October 05, 2011 at 11:01 PM
LOL! HAhahahahaha! I think it's a very important topic... It's very easy to get sidelined with all the kids needs and activities and then you are just so exhausted you don't have the energy to give anymore and connect with your partner. That's why I like our reading time together (which we started way before kids). And time out of the house on date nights at a movie or restaurant where we can just talk (wow!) and relax. I think little things during the day to show you are thinking of them really matter... or a compliment or thank you here and there... really makes a difference.
Carolyn October 05, 2011 at 11:17 PM
We try to make time for each other after the kids go to bed. Making time usually means just hanging out together and watching t.v., but sometimes we have a game night for just us and the winner gets to pick the next game or "activity" ;) We also never leave the house without telling each other that we love one another. We try to schedule a date night once in a while too.
Carolyn October 05, 2011 at 11:18 PM
When he calls to just see how my day is going. When he randoml buys me flowers, just because and when he tells me he loves me


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