If you’re a parent, you probably agree parenting is incredibly challenging, but ultimately it’s worth it. Since it is such a rewarding experience, parenting can really have an impact on you as a person.
Parenting can also significantly impact the relationship you have with your partner.
Research has shown that having a child often adds to an individual’s happiness, but more often than not a couple experiences a decrease in marital satisfaction after the birth of a child.
Acknowledging how parenting can affect your marriage is the first step to minimising the negative impact.
Marital satisfaction refers to each individual’s level of satisfaction with their marriage.
You and your partner might parent using different styles and you might even find yourself parenting each child with a different style. That’s okay, but it might cause frustration and conflict. A variety of theories and explanations of parenting styles exist, but the democratic, or balanced, style has been known to be most effective for children. The key here is to understand the differences in style that exist between you and your partner and overall – aim for balance, agreement, and unity.
If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.
Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples… that’s a great place start! Tune in for more tips next week.
Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.
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The CoupleCheckup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The CoupleCheckup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.
The CoupleCheckup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the CoupleCheckup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.