Romance is contagious. You can catch it from your parents.
Parents spend decades training their children. You work to pass along your best qualities, while hoping they ignore habits you’d rather they didn’t acquire. You intentionally encourage and reward the traits you want them to learn. And you unintentional train by your actions.
Now if your parents couldn’t spell Romance and didn’t “infect” you with it, don’t stop reading!
You see, I don’t remember learning about Romance at home. But somewhere along the way I was “infected”. Romance became part of me. And when my then teenage son wanted to know how he could Romance someone special in his life, I knew I’d “infected” him.
Take advantage of these days of social distancing and purposely “infect” your children with Romance.
Tell your sweetheart you’d like to use this sequestration to teach your kids about Romance. Work together on this. Agree on a schedule for one to Romance the other – maybe once or twice a week. But don’t say how you’re going to Romance each other.
When it’s your turn, Romance your sweetheart’s as he/she prefers to be Romanced. Maybe find a little gift that reminds both of you of a weekend getaway. Or, offer to massage your sweetheart’s neck and shoulders. Be appropriate.
After the Romantic gesture, explain to your children why you did this. Let your sweetheart share why she/he found it Romantic. Share with them how Romance builds your relationship, makes it stronger.
This may feel a bit contrived and awkward. However, think of the gift you will be giving your children. You’ll be guiding them to become Romantic, to know how and why to Romance their future sweetheart – “infecting” them to be Romantic.
So, what will you do this week to “infect” your children – with Romance?
Robert, a hopeless romantic
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