Many researchers have found that marital satisfaction decreases after the transition to parenthood. Dr. John Gottman observed that a whopping 67% of couples were unhappy with their relationship after their babies arrived! The foundation of the family is the parent relationship. If that partnership suffers, each individual in the family, particularly the baby, suffers. To paraphrase Dr. Gottman, “The best gift parents can give to their babies is a strong relationship with each other“.
With these points in mind, I am so excited about our “mini-retreat” offered in a few short weeks. A condensed version of our full weekend retreat (offered this fall), our “From We to Three Mini-retreat for Expectant Couples” is a great value for local expecting couples who can only devote one day to concentrated practice of essential relationship skills. During our morning session we will focus on practicing key communication skills, discuss the challenges of the transition to parenthood, how to access important resources, and skills to nourish and deepen your relationship.
After an extended lunch break when couples may walk on the Farmington Valley Greenway, pose for their free digital photo, and get (optional) chair massages, certified doula and massage therapist, Sarah Thayer will teach partners how to help the mothers manage discomfort of labor and delivery with demonstration and practice of hands-on techniques. We will end the day with further discussion of your family dreams and goals. Sound great? Register Today!