Exclusive Blog: Why Giuliana & Bill Rancic Put Their Marriage First

The iVillage Guest Editors say it's important to show their child an example of a healthy relationship at home

Giuliana: I recently caught a lot of flack in the press when I said in an interview that Bill and I put our marriage first over our baby. What I meant by that was Bill and I are the first relationship that Duke is going to see. We truly believe that being a strong, united couple will set a great example for Duke about what it means to have a loving, healthy relationship.

Bill: Children learn by example, not by sitting them down and telling them how they should behave. Giuliana and I are always working on our relationship, not only for ourselves, but also for the benefit of our son. 

Courtesy of Giuliana & Bill Rancic

Giuliana: When I said that, I didn't mean that we ignore Duke -- if he needs his diaper changed and we are in the middle of some alone time, of course Duke is our priority. I simply meant that by making our marriage our first priority, we will all benefit as a family. If Bill and I are unhappy and fighting all the time, Duke will see that and likely have problems with relationships in his future. But if Bill and I are loving and smiling and having a great time with each other then Duke will see that relationship and that will hopefully be the type of relationship he will have one day.

Bill: Right -- if Giuliana and I set a good example for our son, then we hope one day he will be able to have happy, fulfilling relationships. Relationships take effort and we hope that by putting in the work it will pay off for our whole family. Giuliana and I both grew up in very loving homes with great examples from our parents and all we want is to pass that along to our son.

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