Marriage – the facts you need to know - 29
· You need to know your children's health—physical, emotional, and otherwise—depends on the health of your marriage.
· You need to know God has made you responsible for teaching your kids about marriage and relationships.
· You need to know your sexual relationship will sometimes depend on Saturday morning moods.
· You need to know to always agree in front of your children. This gives a six-year-old no opening.
· You need to know a mother will always wonder if her child has pooped today. This never crosses a man's mind.
· You need to know exhaustion is a byproduct of children.
· You need to know children are better off when either Mom or Dad stays home. Sacrifices may be in order.
· You need to know a stay-at-home mom needs a vacation as much as a dad who works twelve hours a day.
· You need to know nothing prepares you as a couple for the teenage years.
· You need to know it's important to get away. Just the two of you.
· Even to a hotel down the street.
· You need to know some of your biggest fights will be over how much money to give the kids. Dads generally want to give them zero. Moms want to give them Montana.
· You need to know you'll be funding college about the time you'll need to be funding retirement.
· You need to know you don't have to invite your adult kids to join you every time you go out to dinner. Moms forget this.
· You need to know your retirement account will shrink if you continue to support your grown up kids.
· You need to know even an adult kid's actions can put a strain on a marriage.
· You need to know it takes two people to let go of a child just as much as it takes two people to raise one.
· You need to know you can't fix your adult child's marriage just because you're . . . well . . . married.
· You need to know that the best way to love your kids is to love each other.
· You need to know that, when the kids leave home after their marriage, you'll have plenty to talk about. Like what just happened the last twenty years.