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Don't Get Lost in Transition

How to Handle Big Life Changes as a Couple

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  • You have your first child.

    Anyone with kids can tell you that having a baby changes everything. But couples continue to be blindsided by the transition. "A new baby shifts the dynamic of the family," says Litzinger. "While you once focused solely on each other, now it's all about the baby."

    To avoid losing sight of your one-on-one relationship, don't wait until you feel like you have time to focus on each other, she says, because that time will never come on its own. Instead, you have to create time. You don't need to schedule weekend jaunts or even weekly dates if you're too tired or cash-strapped. "Even spending 10 minutes together after dinner or when the [baby] is asleep can help you connect," says Litzinger. Even if you barely speak and just cuddle on the couch for that 10 minutes, you'll get in the habit of connecting and will avoid losing sight of your relationship.

Don't Get Lost in Transition
How to Handle Big Life Changes as a Couple
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