Because of the stresses and physical depletion that come - amidst all the wonderful parts! - with raising a family, about half of all mothers have significant feelings of sadness or depressed mood, and one in eight will go through a clinical depression.
Out of our marriage and experience with many couples with children, here's a 'Top Ten' list (in no particular order) addressed to a father; hopefully some of these suggestions will fit your relationship
It's common for a mom to be lying awake in bed while her baby or toddler is snoozing blissfully. Unfortunately, low quantity and poor quality (= depth) of sleep erode a mother's health and well-being, and give her a strong shove down the slippery slope toward depression.
All of us could probably get better at empathy, but men in particular tend to be raised in our society to focus on facts and solutions rather than feelings and relationships. If approached with respect (and some empathy as well), many fathers welcome a gentle suggestion about what to actually do in order to be more empathic.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine problem in women, affecting 5 to 7.5 percent of reproductive-aged women. It's only in the past decade that ideas about its causes and treatment are being pieced together. Read on and learn how it is diagnosed and treated.
The holidays are not only notorious for long lines, major traffic, and familial tiffs, but also with super-rich foods, overindulgence, and lower activity levels. The latter adds up and becomes part of what we all dread: holiday weight gain. So what to do?
For people with eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, scratching won't make the itch go away. In fact, it will only perpetuate the red, itchy, flaky skin caused by eczema. But try telling that to a kid.
As we brave the holiday shopping crowds -- trying ot decide whether to give Barney or Big Bird, action figures or dolls -- one can wonder about the tru gifts of parenting.
Our baby just had her first birthday, and my husband and I are getting along OK, but the problem is he's really frustrated that we almost never make love because I usually feel too tired and "touched-out" when we finally get to bed.
You feel tired and depleted for very concrete, physical reasons. Think about it: motherhood is profoundly fulfilling. But it is also the most relentlessly stressful and demanding activity most women - or men! -- will ever do.