The next question I asked them was “How did communication with your partner and/or others change after the baby was born?” In our discussion, I was told that communication has become better between them since the baby came because they now realize how important it will be to be a big part of their child’s childhood. They said their communication with others could be better but they are concentrating on the needs of their child but still spend a little time with family and friends.
The final question was “How did having a child affect your marriage or relationship at the time your baby arrived?” The subject most referenced was the need of spending quality time together now that the baby is born. Most felt that they spend more time taking care of the baby as opposed to spending time alone with each other. They expressed their need to “get a break” every now and then just to relax.
The gathered facts from parents compared with Chapter 12's discussion of the impact of children on committed relationships is that I feel it is very essential for relationships to be solid and communication with each other is essential to guarantee the child or children will have a stable childhood.
The relationship behaviors discussed by the mothers and fathers go along with the...