Give yourself the gift of romance: As a parent, romance tends to take a back seat to all of the other responsibilities on your plate. Kids, pets, laundry, dinner, and even sleep (especially sleep) often take priority. And it is totally understandable. All of these things are important. However, your relationship and romance are also important. When you put time and energy into your relationship it translates into you being happier, less irritable, more available and often to better co-parenting.