Home > Sex > Sex tips Updated 24 March 2014 Making time for nookie When you become a parent, you don’t stop being a lover. Here’s how to keep the sexual spark alight despite the dampening demands of parenthood. 0 Shutterstock Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life When you become a parent, you don’t stop being a lover. Here’s how to keep the sexual spark alive despite the dampening demands of parenthood:Play more. The single biggest sexual problem in long-term relationships is boredom. And the single most effective antidote is playtime at bedtime. Playing means allowing yourself to do and feel freely. Sex and sensuality are the ways we play as adults. So stop looking at sex as another chore to squeeze into your schedule...Make a date. A major complaint for most sex-starved parents is the lack of time for loving and/or feeling too tired for anything more than a quickie, if at all. Your best option is to make one night a week your "hot date night". Every week, on that special night, you clear your calendar and make sure the kids are looked after or asleep. And then you play to your heart's content.Create the mood. To keep the sexual fire smouldering, you need to feel sexy, loved and wanted. Start the lovemaking process long before you get physical by telling your partner how excited you are by a suggestive SMS or e-mail during the day. Take a little time for yourself before the hot date night by having a warm bath or shower, pampering your skin with a luxurious cream, putting on your favourite perfume and lingerie and dressing up in a sexy new outfit to bring out your best. For a few hours you will not be a parent, but a sexual, erotic being going out to meet their lover.Read: Sex tips for pooped parentsVisit our sex hub for more sexy tips. (Photo of sexy couple from Shutterstock) More in Sex SEE: What happens to your body during sex? More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.