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.
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!