The second birthday of your first child is a key milestone.
Life’s about to get real.
I think a lot of guys would be more involved if they knew, in advance, what long-term female bitterness does to a marriage.
How much risk do you want to run?
What sort of role do you want to create for yourself?
- Take a dominant kid away so your wife meets the other kids (this comes later).
- Taking a toddler away on an overnight trip so your wife can put her adrenal system back together.
- Lock in a Daddy Day once a week.
- Lock in a time slot 5 days a week so your wife can exercise.
Smart, tactical choices will help create the woman you’d like to spend the rest of your life alongside.
What do you do best?
For me, it is 1-on-1 time in nature. Whatever your skill happens to be, do not expect it to be a whole lot of fun at the beginning.
The “win” happens when your wife uses the space you create for her own needs.
To create space for meeting our own needs, I was rarely supportive of “getting exhausted together”.
Also invert the situation and consider…
What does your partner like least? …but maybe that’s outside your skill level. In that case…
What can you subcontract? Teaching your kid(s) to be put to bed at an early age from someone other than their mother is one of the best things you can do for your marriage.
I experienced some resistance to outside help with our first kid. The resistance was _completely_ gone by the time our 3rd arrived.
Subcontracting is not a clear cut issue. I can easily subcontract cleaning but it’s one of the highest return things I do in my house. Unassailable authority when I assign chores or ask for help.
Do no expect your kids to thank you => remember you’re doing this for your marriage and to hedge your bets for tomorrow.
You can not do it all => What are you willing to give up to create space for this new initiative?
In the short term, as you adjust to your new reality, it will feel like you’ve given up everything => Because you have!
It’s a brand new life you’re creating.