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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 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...

Anyone know anything about the enneagram?

I have a friend who has gotten super into the enneagram. Can anyone familiar with this explain what this is? I thought it was like a complicated Myers Briggs but don't really understand the point of it...like once you figure out your "type" what are you supposed to do with that info? My friend can't...

Am I a bad person if I never see my in-laws?

DH's family is a constant source of stress and anxiety in our lives and I just don't want to deal with it anymore. There is just a constant stream of narcissism, alcoholism, denial and manipulation. We set boundaries and they work their hardest to tear them down so it's always a battle. Fortunately,...

Does your partner love to spend money? How to curb impulse buying

Just got done with the millionth conversation imploring my DH to stop spending money on stupid s**t. Like he owns hundreds of books he hasn't read yet will spend $80 over several days on the regular on kindle. Or we have many streaming services (netflix, apple, hbo max, etc) yet he will find the one...

Anything exciting going on in your life?

I feel like once the school routine starts there is a level of monotony that comes in our lives and am trying to not let it take over this school year. Anything exciting in your life that helps keep things fresh? Work or personal is fine... I'm just fearful to not turn into a super boring person wit...


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