Preparing for a baby is exhausting. Having a baby is exhausting. Life after the baby comes is exhausting. Sensing a theme?
There are so many things you do to prepare for the baby, with no shortage of checklists to complete and classes you can take. However, there is one aspect often woefully neglected, maintaining your relationship with your spouse.
I saw a post on Facebook for a Bringing Baby Home Workshop that Shelly King was offering in the “Oh Oh Two Seven-0027” area and thought about how wonderful this would have been before I had Chloe. So I contacted her to do a Q&A for my new series Preparing for Parenthood. This series will include helpful (I hope) posts including Q&As from local parenting/birth experts. Stay tuned!
Bringing Baby Home Workshop
Many of us spend much time, energy and money preparing to have a baby. You attend a birth class, prepare a room, buy supplies. But have you stopped to think about how you’ll prepare your relationship for the changes ahead? When a baby arrives everything changes…Bringing Baby Home will help you discover how to keep your relationship healthy and happy after bringing baby home. Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new financial concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in relationship satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 67% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings. By focusing on your relationship and learning new skills you can strengthen your relationship for the challenges ahead. This will also allow you to guide healthy emotional and intellectual development in your children.
Who is the workshop recommended for?
Expecting parents, new parents, repeat parents/parents welcoming another child into their family
- Effective skills to help transition into parenthood
- How to build love maps with your partner to get to know them better and increase relationship satisfaction
- How to regulate relationship meltdown and conflict
- The power of the parent-child relationship and how this is essential for a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
- How to preserve intimacy and romance and the importance of doing little things often
- Focus on fathers – The importance of keeping dads involved
- How to identify perinatal mood disorders (i.e. postpartum description) and how to get help
Shelly maintains a practice in Louisville, Colorado and has been working in the field of counseling for 10 years. She offers BBH workshops to help couples prepare for the transition to parenthood. When she is not supporting her clients on their journey she can likely be found playing Laura the Giganotosaurus with her daughter, spending time with her family, and maintaining her motherhood sanity with other mama friends.