So lots and lots and LOTS of people all over the Catholic interwebs write about the various facets of Natural Family Planning. The upsides include things like hormone free living, fully intact female organs (I consider this a big one.. I don't know if I could sleep at night knowing my tubes were all knotted up. I flip out when I can't untangle my necklace chain for pete's sake!), fully developed marriage communication skills, babies, and the consolation that you are following Christ's plan for marriage.
Sometimes living Natural Family Planning involves no abstinence and sometimes it requires quite a a lot of it.
And sometimes you need some serious strategy if weighty health issues make it pretty darn prudent to postpone a pregnancy.
These tips are meant to help you during the No-go time (I think they call it Phase 2??!?), but I haven't seen these from other bloggers. I can't imagine why...
Cook a meal with lots of garlic and onions. Maybe something like this Really Garlicky Chicken recipe, which calls for 40 cloves of garlic! After a meal like that, you'll both smell so terrible, you won't even be able to be in the same room.
For date night, watch a movie about Catholic missionaries who are killed for their faith. First of all, nothing kills the mood like a martyr movie, and second of all, you'll feel like two cents complaining about a little NFP when it could way be worse. Like captured-and-killed-by-crazy-anti-catholic-terrorists worse. I recommend "Of Gods and Men" and "The Mission."
Talk about politics. You'll either be depressed or mad by the end of the conversation. Too easy!
|The people are having so much flipping fun..|
Plan a girls night out and let him watch some sports games you're not particularly interested in. I know that doesn't sound like the most loving, wifely thing to do, but at least for us, I always find these a win-win night! I get to have fun with friends (and not have to watch basketball) and he's happy watching games without my awkward and ignorant sports questions. I can only name about 5 professional athletes total. Sad, but true.
Socialize, socialize, socialize!
Go to parties, have a party, invite those nice neighbors over for dinner, maybe even your parents or in laws. If you're busy entertaining, you won't have time to be annoyed by the situation. Use this sometimes hard time as a couple to build community and friendship with those around you.
|This lady doesn't have time for anything but home improvements!|
Get moving on those big projects you've been putting off! Maybe it's organizing that scary room in the basement or ironing that pile of clean laundry in the laundry closet. Maybe you've been meaning to develop all those photos on your computer and get them into albums (or at least upload them to FB :) ). Crack open a beer, put a good pandora station, and paint that darn bathroom once and for all. A joint effort on some household project can be good couple time, unless one of you is incompetent and cause the other much frustration for your lack of attention to detail. Then you might want to work side by side on different tasks.
Ok. I think number 7 is the one you've been waiting for, the secret weapon, fail safe solution, ninja of all ninjas tip to surviving NFP. If this doesn't work, I'm not sure what will!
Have your kids contract a terrible awful stomach virus. The crying children, mounds of terrible smelling laundry, and the endless requests for pedialyte popsicles will be like one big chastity belt. Even better, you might contract the bug yourself!
So there you have it 7 tips for happy NFP living!
I know what you are thinking. Why isn't this girl teaching Pre-cana or something?
You know, I ask myself the same question everyday.