A new baby is such an exciting and confusing change for big brother or sister. After months of waiting for that kicking thing to come out of Mom’s tummy and planning all the fun things that a brother or sister might do, the reality of a gurgling, spitting, crying, sleeping, pooping bundle can be a bit of a downer.
Women have a conspiracy; do not admit to anyone that this giving birth business might not fill one to the brim with spiritual and maternal fulfillment. As a psychologist, I come across many new moms who find themselves drawn in this conspiracy and, in turn, are reluctant to draw on the support of others.
Finding the childcare arrangements that best suits your needs and lifestyle just might be the most critical and challenging parenting task.
For many, the decisions around work and family roles seem straight-forward . . . until the baby arrives! Faced with strong feelings of attachment, new time demands, the search for someone good enough to care for your child, and financial pressures, new parents begin to wonder how they will ever achieve a satisfactory balance in their lives.
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