Some of you have just discovered you’re pregnant with your first baby. To that I say, “Congratulations!” You’re about to embark on one of the most sacred journeys a human being can undertake.
But it’s also one of the most challenging. Some big changes will be here before you know it. That precious new little one you’ll soon bring home will dramatically alter your entire way of life. From sleeping patterns to schedule changes, the demands on new parents can be rigorous. That can create some problems if you and your spouse aren’t on the same page with each other.
When our first son Trent was born, Jean and I talked about her desire to be a stay-at-home mom. I thought, “That’s wonderful. All I have to do is make the money and bring home the food. Jean will take care of the baby.” I’m older and, thankfully, much wiser now, but I guess at the time I thought life with children would be simple. Needless to say, it took a while for Jean and me to find some balance and truly work as a team.
We probably could have avoided stumbles like that one if we’d had a chance to sit down with an expert like Dr. Gary Chapman. I think I would have asked him, “What can we do to get our parenting off to a great start and to keep our marriage going in a positive direction?”
Well, fortunately, I can arrange an encounter for you with Dr. Chapman that’s almost as good. Since you probably can’t make it to his offices, we’ve brought him to ours. On our radio program, we’re in the middle of a great conversation with Dr. Chapman, filled with valuable information for new parents and parents-to-be. Some of it will even prove helpful to parents with older children.
Dr. Chapman always communicates with wisdom and with a warmth that has made him one of our most popular guests. You can hear episode one of “Practical Advice for New Parents” online or on our free phone app. For today’s episode, join us on your local radio station.
We’re talking with Dr. Chapman about his book, co-written with Shannon Warden, titled, “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents.” That and other helpful resources are available in our online bookstore.
A new baby is going to change just about everything in your life. But I think our conversation with Gary Chapman will offer some great insights on how to take a deep breath and to be equipped for what’s in front of you.