Help "Sweetest Day" -- a celebration of friendship, romance, and love of family -- leap out of the shadows of its "relatives" and stand on its own with these romance-enhancing ideas!
While looking for photos I found picture after picture of couples separated by children, gazing at the camera, or looking at or embracing kids, with no visible bond with each other. I believe these images tell a compelling story about the tangible impact of kids on our romantic relationships, and on parents' expressions of romance and love after our babies arrive.
If our Inner Critic tries to co-parent with our spouse's inner critic, it's a recipe for relationship conflict, not to mention icky parenting. Why? Because saboteurs talk in absolutes, prohibitions, commands and insults.
Could interactional synchrony be a way for us to reconnect with our spouses when the stresses of co-parenting, of work, of daily life wrench us apart? Give it a try with your own secret handshake.
Here's a list of some of the positive attributes you'll need as a father which you can intentionally begin to grow during pregnancy alongside all the growth happening to your baby and its mother:
Disagreements and grievances are normal in any relationship, whether it's between a mom and dad, or between two nations or peoples. All too often, though, they get out of hand, leading to hurt feelings, anger, and lashing out. Your best chance of resolving a quarrel is to do the four things below, even if you just do them yourself.
The second trimester brings a bump and a few other telling signs that you are carrying a real person. It's starting to hit home with your guy that he really is going to be a dad. Is he mature enough to be a parent? How will your relationship hold up? Will he ever have sex again? This is what he may be worried about for the coming months.
Should he be there when you test? It all depends on your expectations. He is not apt to be as elated if it's positive or as sad if it is negative. On the other hand, if he's been excited about the whole babymaking thing...
This may be one of your last chances to spend a romantic evening with your significant other before you have your blessed baby. Here are some ideas to make this a date to remember by showing your partner just how much you care.