Friendship is the foundation for couple relationships. Goods friends know each other well. See how well you know your partner:
If you answered yes to several, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, take time to learn more about what makes your partner "tick."
Even if your partner is your "best friend" it can be helpful to have other friends, also. Friends can make us feel good, provide company, and lend a helping hand when needed.
Since becoming a parent, you may have noticed changes in your friendships. You may have less time to do things with your old friends and find your common interests have changed. You may be making new friends who are parents. It's comforting to talk with others who are sharing the same joys and stresses. It's also easier to get together with others who are used to the mess and fuss that comes along with babies.
Long time friends are wonderful, but it's important to build new friendships throughout our lives. New friendships can help us as we go through changes in our lives, like getting married or having children. It's nice to have "couple" friends that both of you enjoy spending time with. This gives you and your partner both an opportunity to spend time together while enjoying the company of other people.
To make new friends you need to reach out to others. Here are a few pointers:
Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver, the other gold.
I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do know that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I'll be the first to admit that it's possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know it's far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.
Friends in your life are like the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it's enough just to know they're standing by.
Play is the main work of children and toys are the tools of the trade. With your baby's birthday approaching, you may be considering some new toy purchases.
The toy industry spends nearly half a billion dollars on advertising to get consumers to buy close to $13 billion dollars' worth of toys each year. Advertising is aimed not only at kids, but at parents and grandparents who want the newest, most popular toys for their off-spring.
Advertising plays a big role in consumer decisions. Before buying a toy, determine what the ads are really saying.
Don't be tempted to buy a toy intended for an older child because you think your child is exceptionally bright or will grow into it. Use recommended age labeling as a guide and look for warnings or other safety messages. What's safe for your preschooler may be unsafe for your baby.
You are your child's first and best playmate. By actively playing with children, you help them develop, learn creativity, and just have fun together.