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Seriously Kidding

Love your spouse and benefit your kids

Published on Jun 23, 2014 9:29 PM

I used to scoff inwardly whenever people told me that "the best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other".

Yeah, yeah, I'd think. That's a given, isn't it? Otherwise I wouldn't have married the guy.

In the blissful early days of marriage, the Supportive Spouse and I joked that we were a non-profit organisation, in service of our then-only child, now eight. We "worked" tirelessly, without pay or even thanks, as a team to keep our little boy fed, cleaned and happy, making decisions about his education and well-being, and pouring our (limited) funds into his enrichment.

When a friend asked me if I believed in date night, I laughed at her. NGO workers have no time to go on dates. There are more important things to do.

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