This Nest Building Plan can help you and your partner prepare for your baby’s best start. Share this plan with your care providers so they can support you and your family too.
The thorny issue of housework is hands down the biggest source of conflict in most couple’s first few years of family life. This issue tends to peak around bubs’ three to six month mark, so if you aren’t there already, plan ahead for it.
It’s common for couples at ANY life stage to have different libidos, let alone when that particular stage involves intense fatigue, extra stresses and little listening ears. Knowing how to manage this can make this phase more passing than permanent for you and your partner.
Families don’t come with an instruction book but blended families really need a whole set of guidelines, so whether you’re finding your feet as a step-parent, have a new partner coming into you and your child’s life or you’re bringing two sets of kids together, here’s how to start to make it work.
When we love our partner and baby so much, we naturally want to be the best wife and mother we can be. Many of us leave a career focus behind for a while to do this. But we can also put unnecessary pressure on ourselves (and perhaps our partner) to do more or be more than is really necessary or helpful.
It was a cold and rainy morning in June when my husband dropped me at Sydney airport. And so, apart from leaving my family behind, I was looking forward to flying north for a month of Summer in the U.S.
Come and find out who I met and what I got up to!
Elly continues her book blog tour for her new edition of Becoming Us with an interview all about Becoming a Leader . Listen to Stephanie’s podcast ‘Write Now’ where she discusses what motivated Elly to write a book about parenthood, the challenges she faced and where and who she is today.
Elly continues her book blog tour for her new edition of Becoming Us with a interview all about guilt. Read Jessica Cowling’s latest article where she asks Elly SIX very important questions about new parent guilt.
With the kind permission of Jessica, Elly is posting it here too!
You’re a few months (or years!) into parenthood and life has changed. Big time. But as your partner calls to let you know he’s meeting his mates for their regular Friday Night Drinks (because he’s “worked hard all week”), you realise things haven’t changed nearly as much for him as they have for you and you can’t help but want to scratch his eyes out. How do you cope with your partner still having an active social life when you’re stuck at home with bub? Should he give it up? Cut back? Or should you just call the babysitter and join him?
Growing Together Through Differences? Yes, Please.
With the kind permission of Barb, Elly is posting it here too!
As delighted as they are at the prospect of starting a family, many dads-to-be also experience some anxiety, particularly about feathering the new nest. Most couples make a birth preferences plan - it’s a good idea to do a postpartum plan, including finances, as well. This frees you up to make those wondrous first few months as financially stress free as possible.