National studies show that children who are raised in 2-parent households have more success in both childhood and adulthood.
That’s why it’s important to make sure your relationship a parent is as strong and healthy as it can be. Happy couples are more able to cope with life's challenges and create a stable and safe environment for their children.
Research shows that what separates stable and healthy relationships from unstable and unhealthy ones is not how often couples fight, but how couples manage their conflict. Fortunately, healthy conflict-resolution and relationship skills can be taught.
Communicating with your partner
Positive communication between partners is one of the cornerstones of a happy family.
Positive communication means being able to openly discuss important issues and know that your partner will hear you. It means that your opinions are valued and that you will not be criticized or put down if there is disagreement between you.
The arrival of children into your family means you must reach agreement on a whole new collection of issues. Before you have children, it is a good idea to make time to talk with your partner about the following topics:
After you are parents, it is important that you continue to work together on your relationship.
The links provided below can provide you with more information about Healthy Families, Healthy Marriage, and Healthy Partnerships.
Department of Children & Families, Strengthening Families Initiative
Florida Commission on Marriage & Family Support Initiatives
Healthy Families Florida