Building Couple Time Tip:
5 Free Marriage Tips for New Parents
Tip #1: Acknowledge that the first 6 months to a year after baby
involves major adjustments of time and energy for everyone. Both of you are probably trying really hard to adjust to your new roles as parents. Women’s necessary bonding and connecting with baby takes up a lot of time and resources, and may leave mom feeling tapped out. Men often report feeling left out, but too guilty to say so. Both parents are often exhausted due to sleep deprivation and taking care of baby/children 24/7.
Tip #2: Resources for me time and couple time are important
for building couple time with your family in mind. Self-compassion is an important prerequisite for having compassion and energy for your partner and your children. Taking me time on a weekly, consistent basis can be a reminder that your partner has your back, and they get to bond with baby/children. When you and your partner are happy, your children feel it also. What are your resources for taking me time?
Tip #3: Carve out couple time:
How creating a “Date State” versus just a “Date Night” can help you feel closer than ever, even in your own backyard. A date state is carving out time with your partner, and sharing and listening with an open heart and mind. It’s a time to check in with each other as partners and not parents. Date nights and overnights are great also! How do you carve out couple time on a weekly, consistent basis? Please comment below.
Tip #4: Good communication and knowing when not to communicate:
Communicating through all the changes is important to get through those challenging years with young children. Two parts to communication:
Tip #5: How to have fun and laugh together
Acknowledge the adjustment you and your partner are going through, be gentle with yourself and your partner, make sure to have each other’s back, build in individual time, couple time and family time for fun, laughter and good communication.
Experiment and Develop:
Remember the “Date State” versus the “Date Night"
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Are you a parent with a young child or two? Then I bet you're feeling frustrated, exhausted, and overwhelmed with the never-ending To Do list that comes with growing a family. This "Date State" guide will help you feel closer and more connected in your marital/couple relationship!