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Parenting

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Transition to Parenting

The arrival of a new baby in the family brings great joy, discovery and many unexpected surprises. This transition period is a time of many changes for expectant and new  parents.
Labour and birth will last a day but parenthood will last a lifetime.

Becoming a parent will change your life in many ways including:

  • Feelings about yourselfPregnant Belly
  • Relationships with your partner including sex, intimacy, and communication
  • Relationships with friends, parents, in-laws and other children
  • Couple disagreements about roles
  • Personal interests, hobbies and social life
  • Time for self, others, and your partner
  • Your job/career goals
  • Increased chores and housework
  • Finances
  • Energy level and sleep

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Gather information and talk to others
  • Dads and moms adjust differently, so communicate with your partner about expectations and division of tasks
  • Work together as a team. Moving from “you and me” to “we”
  • Don’t expect to know everything, being a parent is “on the job training”
  • This is the “new normal”-not all things will go back to the way they were
  • Take time out from being a parent
  • Don’t ignore sex and intimacy
  • Be flexible, life will continue to change as your child grows

Practical Tips for the First Few Weeks

  • Take care of yourselfPregnant Belly
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Establish visiting hours
  • Go with the flow
  • Expect a roller coaster of emotions
  • Try and get out of the house
  • Accept a helping hand
  • Relax your standards