So today I wanted to spend a little time talking about conflict resolution. It’s well known that marriage is full of ups and downs, but the intensity of the downs after a new baby arrives often comes as a surprise to new parents. I know it did for me! In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, I’d say we had never been closer. We were on this journey together and it was exciting and unknown and we spent all of our time doing fun things - planning and decorating the nursery, taking a baby-moon to Miami, buying clothes and supplies and just plain dreaming. And then she came, and I was sleep deprived, having all sorts of complications from the delivery, alone at home all day - and just mad at everyone - especially my husband Kris. On his end, he was also sleep deprived, away from his new baby all day and feeling the pressures of being the sole bread winner for the family. The constant bickering ensued and began to wear us both down.
Jennifer Howard, LPC, CLC, CHBE
A licensed therapist and pediatric sleep expert shares her infant and toddler sleep & maternal mental health expertise through weekly solo shows and interviews.