Making the Magic Last After Having Children Workshop

making the magic last - austin, tx

A small group workshop for expectant parents, and parents of infants and toddlers.

Having a baby is an exciting new beginning in your relationship. You are no longer simply a couple, you have now added “parent” to your identities as a couple, and as individuals.

Becoming a parent is a special time. You and your partner are creating new dreams and setting new goals for your family. With the new responsibilities, sleepless nights, fatigue, and other stressors, your relationship with your partner may be impacted more than you might realize. In fact, research shows that three years after baby is born, two-thirds of couples experience a decrease in their relationship quality, and an increased conflict and hostility in their relationship. 

It is doesn’t have to be this way. Learning how to avoid the pitfalls that the unhappy parents fall into is can be a simple matter of knowing what to look for. You don’t have to be among the two-thirds of parents mentioned above.

Making the Magic Last workshop is a small group for new and expectant parents. The focus of the workshop is your relationship as a couple, in the context of being parents.

The Making the Magic Last workshop is based on the research used to develop the Bringing Baby Home workshop, developed by The Gottman Institute. However, the Making the Magic Last workshop specifically focuses on parents’ relationships with each other and how to keep that relationship strong and satisfying through the years of being parents and beyond. 

The workshop is presented in three modules in three weekly, two-hour class meetings. The weekly meetings are:

Week 1:          Making the Magic Last

Week 2:          Managing Stress and Conflict Regulation

Week 3:          Creating a Shared Family Legacy

Following are some of the things you will learn in the Making the Magic Last workshop:

  • The characteristics of a magical relationship
  • What happens to your children when the magic lasts
  • Steps to make the magic last
  • Stress warning signs and why it’s important to manage stress
  • Four ways that couples have conflict
  • Tools for decreasing relationship stress
  • How personal history impacts parenting
  • Six ways to create your shared family legacy
  • How to create shared meaning with children

The Making the Magic Last workshop is limited to four couples and meets in my office in northwest central Austin on three consecutive Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Classes form when a minimum of three couples indicate interest in attending the workshop and dates are confirmed. The workshop is an education workshop with some lecture, some discussion between participants, and some exercises for couples to do privately. Workbooks are provided to each couple for each week’s discussion.

Fees and Registration (payable when classes are confirmed)

  • $240 per couple for three, two-hour classes
  • You may pay $80 at the time of registration with a bank card, and your card will be charged $80 on the 2nd and 3rd meeting days. Your bank card must be on file to take advantage of this option.

Classes are held in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Workbook and materials for each couple are included in the registration fee.  Coffee, water, juice, and pastries will also be provided at each meeting.

Call 512-739-2494 today for information and to register for the next Making the Magic Last workshop. You may also complete the form on the contact page to reserve your space.