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Relationships

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

How to help a struggling spouse?

Hoping for some NPN wisdom here for those with more marital experience than me 😅    If/when it seems like your spouse is struggling (hair trigger temper, disrupted sleep, abnormal reactions to fairly mundane things), any advice on how to help them find their way out of a funk?   ...

GOTTA CELEBRATE

Spin-off of Gotta Vent. Share your “wins,” “happy moments” and whatnot. Nothing is too big or small to celebrate!     ...

Gotta Vent 2024

Overall, I like ...no, love... living in Chicago.  But having to fight with the City over how to pay a parking ticket I objectively didn't deserve, from the ease and space of a friend's suburban home makes me wonder why I put up with the BS.       ...

Anyone else not attracted to their spouse and not having sex?

Been married almost 15 years. Haven’t had sex in several years. I love my husband and I’m sure he loves me, but I am not attracted to him and I am sure that is mutual given the absence of physical connection. We are essentially roommates who co-parent. Anyone else in a similar situation? I’m just cu...

Marriage vent, your standard emotionally fragile husband, just too long for vent thread

Yesterday my husband took our 9yo son to the park and they had a wonderful time - until on the way home our son was not listening to his dad over something pretty small, and dad blew up at him, causing 9yo to cry inconsolably until dad patched things up with him (which, to dad’s credit, he did right...


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