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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.

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4 ways I focus on my marriage after becoming a parent
Having a child puts a strain on just about any marriage. Here's how one Chicago dad and mom nurture their relationship with a one-year-old toddler.
Is your relationship ready for baby? 4 tips to prepare your partnership
What to do to prepare and protect one of the most important things to you and your baby: your marriage or partnership.
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Gotta Vent - 2021

I really tried to hold off until someone else started the new vent thread, but then.... I told DH I was taking two weeks off during the holidays to watch the kids, but that I needed to be back at...

Loaning/giving money to family

I'm looking for a sense check on what is "reasonable" to ask when it comes to loaning/giving money to family when asked.  We are a dual career household, we are super frugal and I think we make smart ...

Can you back out of a vacation gone too extravagant?

So I’m pretty peeved at something and I wanted to see who is being unreasonable.    My husband’s friend from college is having his bachelor party over 4th of July weekend. Now, the thing is, I’...

What to do about alcoholic mother in law

We are currently ending a visit with my MIL for the first time in 2 years. She is mentally ill and alcoholic and goes through good and bad periods. She’s like a Jeckle and Hyde type character. At time...

Father’s Day improvements for next year

Looking at the Gotta Vent thread, I can see that I am not alone but I feel like I need extra space for this one.  Also, the best present to my husband that I can think of right now is not saying all o...

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