Dr. Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC, Founder of Parent Alliance®Author

Dr. Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC, Founder of Parent Alliance®

Rhona Berens, PhD, CPCC is an individual and relationship coach, and mom to a preschooler. Rhona is the Founder of Parent Alliance® (www.parentalliance.com), a relationship resource for expecting couples and parents with young kids who want their relationships to thrive after their babies arrive. Rhona received her training from the Coaches Training Institute and the Center for Right Relationship, and is accredited by the International Coach Federation. With the help of technology, Rhona coaches clients (both individuals and couples) across North America.

couple snuggling in bed

The first couple of years of committed relationships can be glorious. When love first sparks, it often shines a spotlight on our best qualities, our mutual interests, sexual desires, and easy communication, and casts a shadow on aspects of us and our beloveds that are less-than-ideal and threaten our connection. Regardless of how joyous and [&hellip
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couple in thought

At one point or another, many of us experience a challenging romance, one in which we invest time and energy, pour a lot of love and, despite conflicts or compatibility issues, imagine a future of marital or family bliss. When we find ourselves in this situation, deciding to have kids with our beloved is usually [&hellip
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a happy family

If we’re familiar with The Brady Bunch, we might have a rosy picture of a “blended family;” mix two divorcés with six kids and, poof, you get joy and adventure. Fiction aside, it’s still possible to create a wonderful stepfamily, but it takes effort and awareness. That effort and awareness are increasingly important given that [&hellip
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my parents are divorced child

Whether your divorce was amicable or contentious, whether it was mutual or not, if you share kids with your ex, your marriage might be over; but your need (well, requirement) to communicate with your ex endures. After all, you’re still co-parents. Yet, how can you be successful co-parents if you weren’t successful spouses? Before answering [&hellip
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happy mother and child

Becoming mother is a major transition that heralds new—wonderful and challenging—roles and responsibilities. When Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes, a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in women’s postpartum health, describes that transition, she often refers to: The Myth of Ideal Motherhood. What’s The Myth of Ideal Motherhood? It’s a hodge-podge of contradictory, demanding, and confusing [&hellip
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sleepy couple

It’s a bit of a cliché for experienced moms to counsel first-time expectant mothers on the importance of grabbing as much postpartum shut-eye as possible. Doing so facilitates recovery from childbirth and helps new moms find energy for breastfeeding and infant-care
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parents and child

There’s no denying that more and more gay men and lesbians are becoming parents. The most recent census data from 2000 indicates that at least 33 percent of lesbian households and 20 percent of gay, male households already have children. It’s likely those numbers have increased in recent years. For many heterosexuals who want kids, [&hellip
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couple disagree

Most pregnant women have some experience with mood swings, which are usually most intense in the first and third trimesters. Whatever their cause (e.g., hormonal shifts), mood swings can stress your partnership and relationship satisfaction. While mood swings are, by all means, a normal part of pregnancy, it’s sometimes wise to seek professional help. If [&hellip
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