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November 09, 2009

Interview with Ann Douglas: Impact on life after Baby

According to a recent study conducted by Angus Reid, on behalf of Pampers,"69% of Canadian parents miss spontaneity - the ability to pick up and do whatever they want, whenever they want with their partner - after baby's arrival."

Parent Club interviewed Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Baby Books and parenting expert on the effects of a new baby on the family unit.

We discussed the life-changes with a new baby. The sleep deprivation. The exhaustion. The change of focus. How all this makes parents more emotional. It's a disruption in "normal" life (though, as we all know, "normal" goes out the window with every addition to the family).

Sleep deprivation can also contribute to a "what about me?" feeling. Parents can feel lonely. Resentful. Even depressed.

Ann recommends to recognize and welcome help from others. Look to your network of family and friends for support and a helping hand. It is hard to find time for yourself - but you need to make the time. For yourself. For re-connecting with the other parent.

It is ok to miss the spontaneity. It is also ok to miss the sleep. However, always remember that both eventually return to your life...in time.

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1 Comments:

At November 9, 2009 at 9:46 a.m. , Anonymous Ann Douglas said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. It was such a pleasure speaking with you. It was more like having a chat with a friend than doing an interview. Please keep in touch.
- Ann

 

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