A just released report on the state of marriages in the U.S. included a prescription for healthy relationships for married couples with children. The idea that children impede healthy relationships between husbands and wives has been a topic in the media recently. This study found that many married couples report that the stresses associated with raising children have negatively impacted their relationships. But a substantial minority — 35% — report that their children have not made their relationships more difficult. What is their secret?
Here are some priorities identified by parents in this group:
- marital generosity-small but regular efforts to attend to the needs of your spouse
- good sex-might not be as frequent, but is it exciting?
- religious faith-are you on the same page?
- shared housework
The report, entitled The State of Our Unions Marriage in American 2011, is available for free download. The link above leads to the full report.