life transitions,  motherhood,  parenthood,  relationships

Are You Ready To Start a Family? Here’s How To Know

I was recently a guest blogger for Marriage.com! Check out an excerpt of the post bellow and a link to read the full piece.

Are you ready to start a family? Deciding whether or not to have a baby should be taken seriously as bringing a child into this world is a huge responsibility. Deciding to start a family entails a lot of contemplation.

Consider your relationship stability Having a baby will put pressure on your relationship so it’s important that you and your partner are committed to each other. While becoming a parent is a joyous occasion, you’ll also face increased financial pressure. A lack of sleep as well as having less time to spend with your partner can also put a strain on your relationship.

A stable relationship creates a strong foundation for your family, which enables you and your partner to cope with the changes that accompany parenthood. Communication, commitment, and love are important components of a successful relationship.

While there is no perfect relationship, having a child when you’re experiencing high levels of conflict with your partner is inadvisable.

Likewise, having a baby won’t help to solve any relationship problems that you’re experiencing. If you want to develop the skills that you need to build a healthy relationship with your partner, you can seek guidance from a couple’s counselor.

Check out the rest of the post over at Marriage.Com.

Haley Neidich, LCSW earned her masters degree from Columbia University and is a Licensed Mental Health Professional providing in person and online psychotherapy to clients in Florida, Connecticut and abroad. Haley is passionate about using mindfulness, spiritual principles and animal-assisted therapies to help people live happier, healthier lives.