This article is extracted from “This is NOT a Second Honeymoon: Helping Couples Survive Spending A Lot of Time Together”, a book that was written by Christopher L. Smith to help couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his clinical work, he realized that couples being quarantined together have particular challenges. The book goes into a lot of these challenges along with strategies to survive these types of times and even to have their relationship thrive. We will be sharing a series of these extracts over several weeks to help you. If you would like to look at all of them together and get the book right away, it can be found on Amazon (Book).

You and your partner have different strengths and weaknesses. One of you may be more patient and better at explaining things. One of you may be better at getting the kids to burn off steam without damaging the house. In terms of schoolwork, one of you might be better at mathematics, and one of you might be better at literacy. There is no judgment in these, but it can be beneficial if you know your relative strengths and weaknesses.

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You will be facing things that you may have intentionally avoided before, such as homeschooling. Taking on these new tasks with your children will stretch you. The easiest way to cope with this is to have each of you working in your areas of strength and allowing the other to cover the areas that are your weaknesses. There will be times where something is neither of your strengths, but you have not had the option about these tasks being thrust upon you, so allow yourself grace as you do your best around these. Again, the largest of these would be the fact that the kids are being educated at home. Even if you were a trained and qualified teacher, this could be challenging. But you and your partner are doing the best that you can in an area that you were not prepared for while still trying to do your own job – accept that you should give yourself and your partner some degree of grace. Here's the Book.


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