3rd December 2014
The Transition to Parenthood
The majority of married couples will make the decision to become parents at some point in their married lives. This is a truly inspiring and fascinating time for both you and your partner.
This period of your life can also see you face a few challenges - it won’t be easy, but the experience of raising a child with your partner will bring you closer together than ever before.
One of the most fascinating things about being a parent is the range of experiences that you and your partner will share with each other and with your baby. During this time you will learn a lot about one another as well as getting to know your infant.
The magical thing about becoming a parent is that, although you share in an experience that connects people, your experience as a parent will also be an individual one. Although you will share in some incredible, universal experiences, such as seeing your baby’s face for the first time, becoming a parent will also allow you to begin your own unique journey of discovery.
A Big Change
There is no doubt about it - having a baby will require you to make lots of lifestyle changes. The biggest change you will face as a couple is the fact that you are not longer just a couple – you are also a family!
Lifestyle changes can be hard to adjust to. As a couple, you will need to sit down and reorganise many aspects of your lives - this can often mean restructuring your working hours and taking a look at your finances. As a couple, you need to be prepared to support your child emotionally, spiritually and financially, so be sure to make this a priority.
Points To Remember
Becoming a parent is a joyous time, but at times it can be difficult. This is simply the way parenthood unfolds, but you can do your best to make sure that your transition to parenthood is as smooth as possible. The following points are some of the main ways that can help you to relax and enjoy this wonderful period of your life.
- Don’t forget to look after your own wellbeing - both you and your baby will benefit from this.
- Communicate clearly with your partner. Becoming a parent can be a wonderful yet stressful time, so be sure to make time for one another and share your feelings.
- Share the work. By making sure that you and your partner are sharing household chores and other tasks, you will both feel supported and comforted by one another.