Parenting
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Keep Your Kids Safe, Warm in Wintertime FunGot 'Couch Potato' Teens? It's Not Helping Their Mental Health8 Ways to Make Every Day a Valentine For Your KidsWhat Parents Can Do to Prevent Teens From Driving DrunkWhy Are Fewer U.S. Kids Going to Pediatricians?Parents Can Help Their Sleep-Deprived TeensHealth Tip: What Your Child Can do About BullyingHealth Tip: Safety Steps if Your Child is Home AloneHealth Tip: Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?Slow Down and Enjoy a Safe ChristmasHealth Tip: Choosing a Pediatrician'Don't Give Up:' Parents' Intuition Spots a Rare Illness Before Doctors DoNature Nurtures KidsWhen Your Teen Wants a TattooTough Childhoods Can Leave a Lifetime of Harm, Experts SayMany U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their ChildCheck Those Halloween Treats So They're Safe to EatHow Young Is Too Young to Leave Kids Home Alone?How to Keep Halloween Fun and SafeTrying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months BeforePaper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions, Study FindsA Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School SuccessDon't Let Kids Wander Alone in Parking LotsMost U.S. Parents Say Vaccination Should Be Requirement for School: PollNurturing Childhood Boosts Odds of a Happy Adult Life: StudyIs a Charter School the Right Choice for Your Child?Backpacks Shouldn't Be a Back-to-School Burden on Health5 Health Tips to Promote Back-to-School SuccessOlder Parents May Have Better Behaved KidsWhat Happens to the Children When Parents Fight?Parents Who Belittle Their Children May Be Raising Bullies'Failure to Launch': Poll Finds Many Older Teens Still Too Reliant on ParentsHow to Help When Your Child Weighs Too MuchParent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite TraumaWill Video Games Make Your Kid Obese? Maybe NotTeen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky BehaviorsTips for Keeping Your Child Healthy at CampBest Gift From Dad for Kids: More Time Together'Dad Shaming' Is Real, Survey ShowsHow to Put Limits on Your Family's Screen TimeHundreds of Young Kids Drown in Pools Each Year -- Keep Yours SafeAHA News: With Summer Vacation Here, How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?How Kids Benefit From Doing ChoresOpioid Prescriptions to Teens, Young Adults Still CommonDoes Taking Screens Away Help Sleep-Deprived Teens?Health Tip: Children and PetsDoes Your Sunscreen Work for You?Who's Most Likely to Miss School Due to Eczema?2 of 3 Parents Read Texts While DrivingHow to Tame Morning Chaos
LinksSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Family & Relationship Issues
Internet Addiction and Media Issues
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

How to Stay Close as a Couple Now That Baby Is Here

HealthDay News
by By Len Canter
HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Mar 6th 2019

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that a first baby changes the dynamic between spouses. Here are steps you can take to stay close.

First, you need a creative plan to get some sleep. Beyond feeling tired, being sleep-deprived affects your mood and your ability to think clearly. It can lead you to over-react to little things and argue more.

Next, prioritize your relationship. Rather than using that last ounce of energy on laundry, enjoy a few minutes of conversation when baby's napping. Share your thoughts and feelings about your changing world. Don't stew over them silently and let them come between you. Be honest and admit that parenting is harder than you thought, if that's what you're feeling.

Being stressed over baby can make you both abandon the little niceties you used to do for each other. But rather than get angry at what you view as slights, acknowledge that you're in this together and that you each may be struggling, even if in different ways.

When your partner does something positive, be appreciative -- everyone responds to being acknowledged. When people come to see the baby, don't feel that you have to entertain them. Ask a close family member or friend to babysit, even if you both stay at home, to give you together time without having to jump up at the first cry from the nursery.

Even better is if you can get out of the house together for a 20-minute walk, to drop in at your favorite coffee shop or just run an errand. These little things can remind you both that you're still a couple, and not just mom and dad.

More information

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has more ideas to adjust to parenthood and keep marital closeness strong.




328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Monroeville,
Alabama 36460
Tel: (251)575-4203
Fax:(251)575-9459


powered by centersite dot net