Workshop Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
• Understand what to expect during the transition to parenthood
• Describe child development in the first year
• Create strategies to co-parent with your partner
• Learn ways to improve communication
• Demonstrate how to strengthen friendship, intimacy and conflict regulation skills
• Recognize the signs of postpartum mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders and be aware of support or treatment options


Workshop Goals:

  • Learn how to maintain relationship satisfaction after having a baby
  • Reduce relationship hostility and increase affection
  • Promote positive parent-baby interactions
  • Promote quality involvement for both parents
  • Reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders

Class outline:

  • Moving through time together: the transition to parenthood
  • Building love maps: knowing each other
  • Share fondness and admiration
  • Turn towards: build an emotional bank account
  • Maintain the positive perspective
  • Ritualize the daily stress reducing conversation
  • Flooding, self-soothing and taking breaks
  • Recognize the four warning signs of relationship meltdown
  • Practice the four steps of constructive problem solving
  • Honor mothers and fathers
  • Recognize the importance of fathers
  • Understand the baby blues, postpartum mood disorders, and other mental health issues
  • Connect with your children
  • Preserve intimacy and romance
  • Create shared meaning and values
Research-based and research-tested to increase the joy of parenting and strengthen children's development.

Research-based and research-tested to increase the joy of parenting and strengthen children's development.