Most parents come to accept the sleepless nights and packed schedules. But often enough, parents overlook the toll that this can take on their adult relationships. The stress of parenting can make adult relationships difficult, but it can also provide an opportunity for parents to come together and strengthen their relationship, depending on how they approach the issue.
Parenting lessons often focus mostly on the parent-child relationship, so many parents do not know strategies to keep their adult relationships thriving.
This can seem bleak, but fear not! In this episode, my guest Carrie Contey teaches us about a number of powerful, research-supported strategies that will empower parents in their adult relationships, giving them the support they need to parent successfully.
Carrie is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator who has been featured in numerous media outlets across the country. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in prenatal and paranatal psychology.
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“Think of it as emotional meals and emotional snacks. If you’re going to be really nourished, you need both.” – Carrie Contey
- How typical parenting struggles can negatively effect the parents’ adult relationships
- How being more mindful of your own needs enables you to better manage your little humans AND your relationship with your partner
- The importance of touch and physical proximity for parental partners
- The problem with being overly focused on your kids
- The ideal ratio of appreciations to criticisms in a parenting relationship
- Learn to cooperate even when you and your partner have differences in beliefs, values, and parenting styles
- How to diffuse angry situations between your partner and children without harming your relationship
- How to keep anxiety from harming your relationship with your partner
“When you hug, allow yourself to stay in the hug until one of you drops in.” – Carrie Contey
- Get a copy of CALMS A Guide to Soothing Your Baby by Carrie Contey PhD
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“It goes a long way to hear the words that someone is thinking about you. If you shifted one thing in your partnership going forward as parents, it should be to turn toward each other more frequently and really acknowledge each other.” – Carrie Contey