The Transition to Parenthood
WHY ARE NEW PARENTs UNHAPPY?
The transition to parenthood is full of possibility and hope! It's a time of anticipation, celebration, discovery, and fresh starts. New goals are set, new dreams are created, and relationships with loved ones are transformed.
HOWEVER... with all this excitement and possibility often comes worry, fear, insecurity, loss of control, and a decrease in relationship satisfaction.
In fact, research shows that approximately 2/3 of couples experience a decrease in relationship satisfaction within the first three years after having a child together.
Having a new baby can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining at times.
When you become a parent, your entire reality changes. And this change doesn’t happen overnight like it does in the movies!
It’s a gradual change that evolves and shifts over time as you, your partner, extended family members, and your surrounding environment adapts to your new baby.
Specifically, new parents report experiencing:
- More stress, conflict, and hostility toward one another
- Unaligned values or beliefs regarding parenting and life in general
- Difficulties with changes in family roles (i.e. caretaker vs. breadwinner)
- Diminished communication and increased periods of emotional withdrawal
- Baby blues and other postpartum mood disorders
Unfortunately, such changes have the power to compromise parenting, decrease the quality of parent-child interactions, and lower satisfaction in other areas of life such as work and play.
Hostility or withdrawal between partners, decreased relationship quality, postpartum depression, and emotionally insensitive parenting can all have highly negative impacts on a child’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. Therefore, it is critical for parents to learn how to address these challenges as early as possible.
protect your RELATIONSHIP before it's too late!
The health and wellbeing of your new child rests largely on whether or not you can build and maintain a strong relationship with your partner.
When parents learn the skills necessary for coping constructively with the various changes and challenges that accompany the transition to parenthood, they can not only increase the satisfaction they experience in their relationship, but can also improve the wellbeing of themselves and their children at the same time!
what is bringing baby home?
The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) workshop is a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the BBH program is perfect for those who are:
- Interested in having a baby
- Expecting a baby
- Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)
bbh can teach you and your partner how to:
- Strengthen your friendship
- Increase intimacy and affection
- Work through conflict with greater ease
- Maintain relationship satisfaction
- Reduce hostility
- Create positive baby-child interactions
- Ensure quality involvement for both parents
- Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders
bbh helps you know what to expect during this transition, as well as helps you:
- Understand child development better
- Create co-parenting strategies with your partner
- Improve the way you and your partner communicate, connect, and compromise
- Recognize signs of postpartum mood disorders and gain awareness of treatment options