Transitioning from Partners to Parents
Having a baby brings many changes to your life, one of the greatest changes is your relationship with your partner. Here are 3 Tips to stay connected and strengthen your relationship during this time of transition.
- Everyone wants to be heard and seen, even when you’re in parenthood: “survival mode.” If your partner expresses interest in connecting – don’t push him/her away.
- Listen and express that you heard your partner, “I understand what you’re saying…” don’t immediately jump to defend yourself. Remember – if someone is winning – you’re both losing! You are on the same team.
- Use you’re words – think about exactly what you are hoping for and voice it.
Nicole leads classes at both the SF Birth Center and Natural Resources in SF on this very subject.
Nicole O’Connor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and art therapist. She has a private practice in Noe Valley working with individuals, families, couples and adolescents. She specializes in working with couples and families in the early years of parenthood.