Adjustment to Parenting
In this session, we explore the journey for both new Mums and new Dads, as they begin to adjust to their new life as a parent, with guest Keith Read from Ngala’s DadsWA program.
- What kinds of changes occur when you become a new parent?
- What are the physical and emotional changes that happen when you welcome your new baby into your life?
- How your expectations of parenthood may differ from reality, and how this may impacting on your adjustment to parenting.
Some tips on looking after yourself and how to manage this period of change and adjustment.
We discuss the impact of having a baby on your relationship and how to manage these changes and work together to parent together:
- How having a baby can impact upon your relationship and how these changes are common as they both adjust to becoming new parents.
- The factors that contribute to conflict within the relationship.
- How to talk and listen effectively to each other about your feelings and acknowledging that this is a big time of physical and emotional change for each parent.
- Some tips on how to have a parenting partnership and work together.
Resources for week 12 & 13:
- Ngala - Being a Parent
- Ngala - Feelings and Expectations About Becoming a Parent
- RCN - Looking after yourself
- PANDA - Adjusting to Parenthood
- What Were We Thinking - Parents
- Beyond Blue - Emotional health during early parenthood
- Beyond Blue - Adjustment for Dads
- Child and Youth Health (SA) - Adjustment for Parents
- Child and Youth Health (SA) - Adjustment for Mums
- Child and Youth Health (SA) - Adjustment for Dads
- Ngala - Your relationship with your partner
- RCN - Relationships
- RCN - Relationship toolkit
- Relationship Australia - Becoming Parents
- Relationship Australia - Parenting is for life
We discuss taking care of you:
- Adjustment to parenting
- How to recognize symptoms of Post Natal Depression and Perinatal Anxiety
- Contributing factors to depression and anxiety
- How to get help if you think you or your partner may be experiencing depression or anxiety
- Treatment options and who can support you
The importance of speaking up and getting help early
We continue our discussion about taking care of you:
- How to stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy as a parent
- Strategies and tips for parents to help support each other
- Self care – what is it and why is it so important in staying healthy?
- How looking after you, is part of looking after baby.
Resources for weeks 23 &24
- Lifeline Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Helpline
- Beyond Blue Helpline
- Beyond Blue - Emotional Health Fact Sheet
- Beyond Blue-Parenthood and Mental Health Conditions Fact Sheet
- Beyond Blue - Helping Yourself and Others Fact Sheet
- PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) Helpline
- Panda- Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy and Early Parenthood Fact Sheet -
- Ngala - Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Baby Tip Sheet
- Mind The Bump App: Emotional Health, Mindfulness and Meditation During Pregnancy
- Mood Gym- Online, Interactive Self Help Resource
We discussed parents working away or parenting through separation:
- Strategies and tips to help with parenting while working away.
- Strategies for the parent at home, the working parent and the child to help maintain communication, connections and build healthy relationships.
- How to help children deal with their emotions when they are being separated from their parents due to work or relationships break downs.
- Parenting through separation and how to maintain your bond and emotional connection with your child if separated.
- Putting your children first, how to be aware of your child’s emotional well being through separation.
Resources for week 25
- Ngala- Parents Who Work Away Tip Sheet
- Ngala-Fitting in With FIFO Life Tip Sheet
- Ngala- Dads Tip Sheet
- My FIFO Family - Calendar and Other Resources
- Raising Children Network - Parenting Through Separation
- Children and Youth Health: SA Govt Funded Site - Supporting Children Through Separation
- Children and Youth Health: SA Govt Funded Site - Parenting Agreements After Separation
- WA Dept of Local Govt and Communities - Parents Working Away Information
When: 20 Feb, 1:30pm
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.