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To say that all of your relationships change after having kids is an understatement. They’re not necessarily better or worse, just...different. Nevertheless, navigating relationships post-baby can be tricky.
 

Luckily, seasoned NPN parents have plenty of advice for adjusting to the new normal with friends (new and old), in-laws, your parents, co-workers and, most of all, your partner. Have a question about a particularly thorny situation you’re dealing with? The discussion forum is here for you 24/7.

4 ways I focus on my marriage after becoming a parent
Seven years of marriage has taught me a lot. How communicating with my wife (and really listening) when I would prefer to shut down really helps us solve problems. How saying “I’m sorry” should only b...
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Is your relationship ready for baby? 4 tips to prepare your partnership
Becoming a parent is a joyful, exciting time. It is also a stressful, disorienting and exhausting time. There is cultural messaging that children are a joy and we should be happy throughout their...
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I met my mommy match on a blind date
Motherhood is a mix of emotions: excitement, exhaustion and, of course, endless amounts of love. But here’s the thing: Motherhood can also bring up another feeling that not a lot of people talk about....
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Discussions

Gotta Vent 2023

Did NPN really need to lock the 2022 vent thread at midnight? REALLY?? ...

Hardest Events in Marriage

Anyone who is in a happy marriage, what have been the most challenging live event influenced times that you have touched out and are now in a happy place? Little kids? Job changes? Etc. I just need to crowdsourcing to know there is light on the other side as I do truly believe hard jobs and little k...

Just for fun- Are open marriages common?

In the last month, we got together with several family members and close friends.  At least 3 different people told me they are close with someone in an open marriage.  Is this really a popular thing? Do they discuss it openly? How does it work? Does the relationship start out this way or evolve to ...

Gotta Vent 2022

No one has created a 2022 thread yet?? Ok, might as well be me who starts it.    There is a special place in hell for whoever invented those clay dinosaur "eggs" that kids (including mine) love so much. WTAF is the point of this thing? So you get a box full of these large hard clay eggs an...

Holiday Pity Party Post

Anyone just hoping to get through the holidays and not feel too sad about them?  I grew up with a ton of cousins and loved getting together with all of them on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas.  We all lived close to eachother. Even if we didn't have dinner together, we always ended up at the same Cou...


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