In her new book, Marriage Confidential, Pamela Haag says that in today’s world, “Children have become the new spouses.” She talks about how in semi-happy marriages, the children take center stage, putting the marriage lower on the priority list. I couldn’t agree more. Currently, in our culture, more and more parents make their kids the focal point by making their children’s activities the most important priority. I think that’s a mistake. Children need to know that Mommy and Daddy love them, no doubt. More importantly, though, kids need to know Mommy and Daddy love each other. For example, scheduling a date with each other and working the kids’ activities around the date, rather than the other way around is a good first step. To read Glamour Magazine’s interview with Pamela Haag, click here.