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Keeping The Romance Alive

Having trouble balancing work, your kids and your love life? Kate Kelly, Managing Editor of American Baby Magazine, has some tips for keeping the romance alive.

First, schedule a date night with your partner. "We've all heard this advice before, and it is so true," says Kelly. "If you want to make it happen, you have to schedule it. You have to plan in advance." Set aside specific day each week for just two of you, find a reliable baby sitter and go out!

While you're enjoying your night on the town, try not to think about the kids. In fact, don't even discuss them! "Really, you want to keep the focus on you as a couple and remember why you fell in love in the first place," says Kelly.

But date night shouldn't be the only time you focus on each other. Take time to appreciate the little things that show your love each and every day. Kiss each other in the morning, hold hands at the mall or cuddle on the couch while watching a movie with the kids.

Or, try sending your husband or wife a virtual "love note". In other words, send a non-nagging email to your spouse once a day. Be sure to keep the note PG - remember, this is probably going to be read at work! These daily emails will show your partner that you are thinking about them even when they're not around. "He's a person, not just the father of your children, not just the person who does chores around the house," says Kelly.

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By Erin Petrun

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