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Becoming a Family: Nurturing your Connection in the Transition to Parenthood

Becoming a parent is one of the most profound transitions in life an individual will experience, and for a couple becoming parents together is an extraordinary and life-long journey that bonds them together. So why is it, then, that it is so common for parenthood to decrease relationship satisfaction?

Classes are resuming this time of year, and so are ... mistakes.

Mistakes?

It's an inevitable part of the learning process — errors on homework, on tests, on the answers kids give when called on in class. But don't be mistaken yourself when it comes to mistakes: they're a great opportunity to promote optimism and confidence in your children. Here's one way to approach it:

If you're the sort of spouse who insists on receiving brownie points whenever you do something nice for your partner, read no further — this isn't for you.

Research reported in the Journal of Psychological Science (December, 2010) describes two types of support in a relationship: