I came upon this quote the other day “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” I feel most people transitioning into parenthood could benefit from this idea. The idea that each persons journey into parenthood is different and unique. In all journeys we may run into a little stormy weather every once in a while. One of the keys to getting through these storms is being prepared. As we all know we can not be prepared for every situation that we face BUT if we have a good base of knowledge we can usually figure something out to get us through. New parents can gain this knowledge through various means. Some individuals buy books, talk with others, or take a class that is offered through the hospital. The focus of a lot of these sources varies but typically focuses on how to take care of the baby and the plethora of things that come with their care. This knowledge base is important and definitely an important part of your journey as a parent.
However, how many of these sources challenge you to take care of your relationship? Dr. John Gottman and his associates through research have discovered that 67% of couples experienced a precipitous decline in relationship satisfaction in the first 3 years of the baby’s life. These statistics cause me to wonder if the couple’s sources provided them with a good knowledge base on how to stay connected with their partner as they transitioned into parenthood. Did the couple feel they had the right tools to “save the ship” through the storm?
The Bringing Baby Home program is a great resource to make sure that your sailing goes more smoothly. It provides you with a good knowledge base to work through any “storm” you may encounter and keep connected with your partner in the process. My hope is that participating in this program you will feel more confident in your skills to sail through any weather with your partner and embrace the storm. I challenge you to make your relationship a priority as you begin this journey. Sign up now for the March BBH challenge under the upcoming events tab available with this link. Upcoming Events
Enjoy Your Journey,