Posted: Mar 28, 2012 1:43 PM
Parenting is a tiring, full-time job, but it doesn't mean your relationship in the boudoir has to suffer. While work, children's sports practices and day-to-day tasks can quickly drain your libido, a few simple tricks can easily get the flames of passion burning bright. So before you throw in the towel on your sex life, discover five ways to get in the mood when you're exhausted, from talking dirty to squeezing in a morning quickie.

Say something racy

Get both your and your partner's pulse racing with a few spicy comments. Whether you whisper suggestive statements into your lover's ear or text risque comments about what you two will do later, the chances are you'll find your love meter headed in the right direction.

Read a romance novel

Pick up your favorite super-sexy paperback and read a few steamy pages when you're too tired for sex. Chances are you'll get caught up in the moment and find yourself ready to turn those fictitious fantasies into a reality with your spouse.

Think risque thoughts

When the demands of parenting have depleted your energy levels, take a few moments to think sexy thoughts. Whether it's a fantasy you'll never play out or just thoughts of what you want to do with your partner, the suggestive daydreams will put you in the mood for the mattress mambo in no time flat.

Sneak in some shut eye

Too tired for sex? A quick nap may be just what the love doctor ordered. While you're in dreamland, your body secretes DHEA, aiding in the production of estrogen and testosterone — the key ingredients in your sex drive.

Schedule some sexy time

Planning for sex may not sound sexy, but when you're parents, desperate times call for desperate measures. Make a date to make whoopee as soon as the kids go to bed or first thing in the morning before your youngsters rise to avoid getting overly tired.

Nothing insures that your relationship will remain faithful better than a good, warm connection with great sex.

Although you're too tired for sex, making it a priority, especially when you're also parents, can be the key to keeping your relationship with your spouse strong. "Nothing insures that your relationship will remain faithful better than a good, warm connection with great sex," advises Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. — aka "Dr. Romance" — psychotherapist and author of Money, Sex, and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage . So fire up one of these five ways to get in the mood when you're exhausted and you'll soon be prepped for passion!

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