May 13, 2022
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kids can affect your marriage. here’s what you can do about it
Being a parent is amazing, but it’s tough. Life changes with kids, and each stage of parenting brings new challenges. There’s a lot to balance. Let’s be real: kids affect your marriage.
Here Are a Few Common Ways and What to Do About It:
1. Self-care often takes a backseat for parents.
Self-care, what’s that? It can be hard to carve out alone time, but you need it, and so does your marriage.
2. You may disagree about parenting styles.
We all enter marriage with a belief system about how to parent, and it’s often based on how we were parented.
3. Date night can get put on the back burner.
Dating is crucial to a healthy marriage, and kids can affect your ability to do that.
4. Your sex life may change.
Early on in parenting, your sex life often takes a backseat because babies make life interesting.
5. Marriage satisfaction may decrease.
Kids and all the issues I mentioned above can affect your marriage by adding stress to your marriage.
Be intentional about having a healthy marriage, because it’s the best thing for you and your kids.
help your child be more confident
The goal of parenting is to raise competent and self-reliant adults. You may be shocked because parents often think about raising “their” children. In reality, you’re raising someone’s future spouse, someone’s prospective employee, and someone’s future parent. For your future adult to be successful, things like communication, conflict management, and interpersonal skills are necessary. Additionally, being self-aware and confident is vital.
For your child to have confidence, it’s important for them to appreciate or value their own ability to complete a task. They build confidence by doing something or even attempting to do something they have never done before, not by just your words complimenting their ability. So how do I help develop a confident child? What are the ways to help my child be more confident?
Here are ways to boost confidence in your child:
✅ Teach them to learn new skills.
✅ Help them find their interests.
✅ Effort matters, so don’t quit.
✅ Let them fail.
✅ Model confidence for them.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Anna Reeves McCutcheon, an active participant in the Chattanooga Fellows Initiative, former FTF Intern, and now the Social Media Manager here at First Things First! Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
📖 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah– Great summer reading book! This book is for you if you are fascinated with the WWII era, thrilling vignettes made up of characters you’ll fall in love with, or growing in empathy for other people.
📚 Speaking of summer reading, I challenge you to do a book exchange with friends! Plan with 3+ friends. Each person draws a name and sends their favorite book to them:)
☕ My Starbucks order- the “AR Special” as my friends call it. You just order an iced latte with peppermint and oat milk! It’s truly the best.
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