The air is cooler. The leaves are changing. Fall is on its way. Suddenly instead of facing down endless days of juggling the schedule of each of your children and trying to keep them busy during the day, you have silence in the house after they leave for school. Now is the time to consider what kind of maintenance you and your partner can do on your relationship.
Many couples find that the beginning of the school year is a time of increased family stress and strife. Perhaps, however, the truth of the situation is more that after several months of focusing solely on the children, the idea that now the evenings will be consumed with school activities and practices reminds them how little time they took for one another during the summer. Back to School time is a great time to take time for yourself and work on rebuilding the fading portions of your relationship with your partner.
It is important for couples to remember that if they do not continue to work on their relationship, no matter if the reason is their children, work, or school, the relationship will suffer. While parents may feel guilty taking time for themselves, that time is a necessary bit of maintenance for every healthy relationship. Back to school time might focus on your children and their journey, but it's also an excellent time to work on your relationship after a summer of spending time with your kids.