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Life After Baby Arrives

Things Don't Stop When Your Child Is Born

  • Communication: Just as a baby grows and changes, so does the role of parent. For ten years, Berkley psychology professors Carolyn Pape Cowan and Phillip Cowan studied the transition to parenthood. They use their research to help new parents communicate their needs and adapt to the ever-changing role of parent. "It doesn't mean even if you worked something out together that this solution or arrangement that you decided on will work all the time," says Carolyn Pape Cowan. She suggests that new parents practice flexibility and open communication, as well as having, "some kind of arrangement so that you have a forum to talk about it when you have a really bad week, or month, or period where you're wondering whether what you're doing still makes sense."

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