I may be a family and relationship expert, but I am not always the best wife. I noticed recently that I was so wrapped up in my other roles that I wasn’t paying as much attention to my marriage as I should have been. My husband is my best friend, but if I don’t focus on him more that could change. The funny thing is, that I am reminded of that so often by my role as parent. Our son, Cooper, is an active, happy toddler and we all love him desperately.
Watching him learn about life has taught me 5 key lessons.
1. You can run but you can’t hide.
You know your child is a good runner when other moms watch him and say, “Wow, your son is fast!” What he isn’t good at is hiding. His feet, body or bottom stick out every time. In marriage, sometimes we run away from each other and try to hide in work, children, etc. However, we can’t hide from each other. You can’t run away from problems and the other person just sees you hiding anyway.
2. We all need a time out.
Life is stressful. There is a lot coming at us, and it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes the best thing to do is take time away. I set Cooper on the stair when he gets too rough or needs a break for a minute and I need to do the same for myself. Rather than shutting my husband out or attacking him, I try to take some time to breathe and think about what my real goal is in the situation. Then I reengage in my relationship and things usually go better.
3. Take a chance, even if you might get hurt. (Link to the full article)