Of course, in order to have a romantic Valentine’s Day, you need to be able to stay awake for it. No sense in planning a fancy dinner out if you’re going to end up falling asleep in your soup! We know, though, that plenty of parents out there are probably too exhausted to enjoy a day of romance. Their babies just wont’ sleep through the night, or their toddlers turn bedtime into a battle zone.
If this is the case in your house, it might be time to consider sleep training. And not just for the sake of your baby or toddler — for the sake of your relationship! Through our work with families over the years, we’ve learned that chronic exhaustion and sleep deprivation affects children, but it also affects you, the parent! It can affect your overall health, your mood, and even your relationship with your partner or spouse.
In this article, we take a look at why sleep deprivation can take such a toll on your relationship. We also offer some insights into how sleep training can help, as well as some tips on how to start having the sleep training conversation with your partner or spouse.
2. Communication With Your Spouse
Sleep training probably wasn’t something you discussed with your partner when your relationship first began. In fact, it may have been a term you’d never heard of before! But if you have a sleepless baby or toddler at home, it’s probably a phrase that you and your spouse are becoming familiar with.
However, the sleep training conversation isn’t always an easy one to have. Sure, some couples are on exactly the same page when it comes to when and how to sleep train. But many other couples aren’t. One parent may want to use a cry-it-out method, for example, while the other wants to try a different approach. Or one parent may be ready to sleep train once the 4 month sleep regression has passed, while the other believes sleep training should wait until the baby’s older.
We’ve talked with many parents who say that sometimes, talking with their partners about when and how to sleep train is almost as difficult as the actual sleep training! In this article, we offer tips on how to have the sleep training conversation with your spouse, including tips on how to keep the lines of communication open, and how to work together toward a common goal.
This is a fun little article. As parents, we all know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the time to actually go on a date with our significant other. And once you manage to carve out time for a date, you’re still left with the task of finding a babysitter (not to mention the money to pay her!)
There is another way, though. In this article, Nicole shares a tip she’s benefited from first-hand, and one that’s saved her the trouble of having to track down and pay babysitters. Intrigued? Click the link above to read more!
Of course, dating doesn’t always have to equal going out. Who says you can’t have a hot date right at home? In this article, Nicole offers 21 suggestions for how to enjoy a date with your partner in the comfort of your own home. Some are fun, some are quirky, and some are (ahem) downright steamy! If you’re going to be spending Valentine’s Day in this year, be sure to check out this article for tips on how to make the most of your night at home.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Heading out for a night on the town, or staying in? Let us know what you’ll be up to!
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