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Lee Ann says she and her husband have decided to make their kids the center of their universe, and that's what works for them. But, Lee Ann admits that she watches TV while she and her husband have sex.
Oprah: What are you watching?
Lee Ann: It's Oprah or Wheel of Fortune on the occasion that I am just too exhausted. After the third night in a row, I may watch TV, while he does his business. I am satisfying his needs.
There is nothing wrong with loving your spouse more than your children, and putting the marriage first doesn't mean the children get neglected, it only means that time is allotted for the relationship.
The kids will grow up more healthy and self-reliant if their parents aren't constantly praising and spoiling them.
The kids will value relationships more highly if they see how much their parents care for each other and love each other.
That she's able to have a romantic life and strong identity outside of her children sounds like a feature of her role as a parent, not a bug.
It's great for children to be able to feel unconditional love from their parents, but hey. We're not all "special little snowflakes". It's good that some parents still have some perspective on their children.
The people whose primary identity switches entirely to being Mommy or Daddy aren't nearly as much fun to be around, and I'm not at all convinced that their children end up happier for all that intense focus.
Please don't believe that I'm saying a healthy marriage will always produce well-adjusted children, or that well-adjusted children can't come from unhealthy marriages. But I do believe that it's a step in the right direction.
All parents should put each other first & their children second, that way we would see an end to all the helpless, self centered little emperors/empresses that the last couple of generations of breeders have produced. There'd also be a lot more happy marriages, which is good for everyone (except divorce lawyers), especially the children.
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