3 Tips for Couples to Stay Connected After Baby
It’s no secret that life dramatically changes after the birth of a baby. Gone are the days of leisurely strolls and weekend naps, and impromptu plans are replaced by sleepless nights and financial responsibilities. But if you ask most parents about their take on parenthood, they’ll tell you it was all worth it.
At The Gottman Institute, where Drs. John and Julie Gottman have been studying relationship health for over 40 years, the research shows that 67% of couples report a decline in relationship happiness for up to three years after the birth of the first child. As the focus shifts towards the baby and couples spend less time focused on one another, romance and intimacy decline while depression and hostility rise. New parents need help finding better ways to cope and manage the transition more effectively. They yearn to enjoy their new baby and be happy as a couple.
With a desire to help build strong families, Dr. John Gottman spent years studying hundreds of couples to discover what it was that distinguished happy relationships from unhappy ones. He came away with a better understanding, and thus the Bringing Baby Home program was born. Drs. John and Julie Gottman designed