Having a child is one of the most rewarding and one of the most difficult things to undertake in life. There are the obvious obstacles that come with bringing new life into the world but there is also the issue of having less time to spend with your partner. A new baby demands attention and going to the movies with half hour notice will become a distant memory. Things will get stressful but it’s important not to let your relationship with your partner to become strained. After all, it’s the bond between you both that brought your baby into this world. The following are some tips to keep your bond strong once baby arrives.
Communication is key. If you have a problem, or feel that something isn’t right, you have to communicate it to your partner. If you don’t then you run the risk of resentment building up and arguments happening which, despite your child’s young age, will have a detrimental effect on their mental development. You don’t want them to believe arguments are normal.
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Find Time for Yourself
This won’t be easy to do at times, but it is also essential. You are going to be overwhelmed with the amount of time and energy it takes to raise and look after your baby and will have very little time to rest. Most of your thoughts are also going to be focused on your child, so you must not forget that even though you now have responsibility, you can’t completely forget about yourself. Not taking the time to look after yourself will have a negative effect on your relationship and resentment could start to build.
Spend Time With Each Other
As with spending time with yourself, you must also find time to spend with your partner. You will sacrifice a lot to give your baby the best upbringing possible, but one thing you don’t want to sacrifice is your relationship. In getting closer to the baby, you may unintentionally be pushing your partner away over time. Find some time in the evening when the baby is sleeping to spend together. Have a meal, watch a movie, talk. Do all the things that you used to do before your child was born. Finding the time for each other will help keep your relationship strong and healthy.
Utilize Your Support Network
Use your support network as much as you possibly can. The time raising a child takes up will make you grumpy and at times resentful. Maybe you feel you are doing most of the work and your partner is shirking responsibility. Talk to someone about it first, perhaps you are just finding everything overwhelming and as with anything, you immediately take it out on those closest to you. Your support network can also provide short periods where they can look after the baby while you and your partner spend quality time with each other.