Synopses & Reviews
Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are strained during the transition from duo to trio. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework, and new fiscal concerns often lead to conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings. In And Baby Makes Three
Love Lab experts John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman teach couples the skills from their successful workshops, so partners can avoid the pitfalls of parenthood by:
- maintaining intimacy and romance
- replacing a culture of criticism and irritability with one of appreciation
- preventing post-partum depression
- creating a home environment that nurtures physical, emotional, and mental
- health, as well as cognitive and behavioral development for your baby.
Complete with exercises that separate the "master" from the "disaster" couples, And Baby Makes Three
helps new parents positively manage the strain that comes along with their bundle of joy.
"Beyond just citing research studies and statistics, the Gottmans provide readers with self-tests and detailed exercises for examining and resolving particular issues within their own marriages." Library Journal
Drawing on separate scientific studies, two relationship experts introduce the knowledge and skills couples need to make the transition to parenthood, using practical advice and real-life examples to help couples avoid relationship meltdown, maintain a healthy sex life, preserve emotional intimacy, prevent postpartum depression, and create a nurturing environment. 100,000 first printing.
Based on studies of newlyweds and their transition into parenthood, this guide offers new parents a six-step plan for preserving marital intimacy and rekindling romance after baby arrives.
About the Author
John Gottman, Ph.D., and Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., are the founders and directors of the Gottman Institute and the Relationship Research Institute in Seattle. The bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
, The Relationship Cure
, and other books, John Gottman is an emeritus professor of psychology, an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. His research and findings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal
, the bestselling book Blink
, and the broadcast media.
Julie Schwartz Gottman serves as the clinical director of the Gottman Institute and created the Gottman Institute's relationship clinic. She coauthored the book Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, with John Gottman and Joan DeClaire. A clinical psychologist, she is in private practice in Seattle, where the couple lives.