Then we wondered the same thing about our own marriage. Did we have a hurried marriage without time to dream dreams together, to go on dates with one another, to look at clouds together, to gaze at stars together, to enjoy a full moon with one another, and to generally enjoy quiet time with each other?
As a result, we limited our children's after-school activities and reevaluated our own involvement in church and community organizations.
It is affirming to see that our concerns then are still valid today.
"According to the AAP, “Whereas play protects children's emotional development, a loss of free time in combination with a hurried lifestyle can be a source of stress, anxiety and may even contribute to depression for many children.
“The report reaffirms that the most valuable and useful character traits that will prepare children for success come not from extracurricular or academic commitments, but from a firm grounding in parental love, role modeling and guidance.”
Source: Elizabeth Scott, M.S. "Play Time for Healthy Child Development."
Volunteerism can hurt your marriage. If you and your spouse are finding yourselves with no time for your relationship or your kids, perhaps you are having a problem saying NO. Decide if you are spending too much time as volunteers and read our tips for saying NO.