- 83% of parents experience moderate to severe crisis in marriage during transition to parenthood.
- Marital quality decreases from 40-67% in the infant’s first year.
- Even in the first year of life, stress coping mechanisms aren’t developed properly if there is an emotionally stressful environment
· By age 4, kids in emotionally unstable homes can have stress hormone levels twice as high as emotionally stable homes.You can see how the brain doesn’t develop properly in unstable homes, so try and be more intentional in your marriage.I also wanted to introduce my kids. I have met parents who say, “My kids are just pretty easy.” That’s not quite what I experience. I have kids with a lot of…umm…personality. I know there are parents dealing with a lot more, and I’m sure there are some here. You may have kids with disabilities, sicknesses and special needs. I have to say God bless you. I never feel like I’d have enough strength because this is the hardest job already. I know God would provide the strength, but thank you to all of you who are caring for kids with special needs. That said, my kids keep me on my toes. Abby is 5. She is a lot like me, so I know exactly what I’m going to get, which definitely scares me. She is someone who feels life to the fullest. Luckily she has a lot of joy, but we definitely experience some drama around our home with her. Kenzie is my 3 year old. She is sweet, giving and loving. She also is “spirited.” My dad said, “If she is as smart as she is stubborn, she’s going to make a hell of an attorney some day.” If I say left, she wants to go right. Corban is almost 2 and is my class clown. He has a smile on his face most of the time. His nickname is “Loco” though because he’s a bit crazy. He’s the kind of kid who could steal your ice cream cone, and you’re somehow convinced it’s a great idea. I wanted to introduce these three to let you know that it’s not all easy around our home. We definitely have our challenges. With all that intro, let me introduce you to my blog, Meaningful Mama.