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Self-Help Programs For New Parents

As you hold your newborn infant in your arms you have probably experienced the desire to give him or her the best of everything. The most beneficial gift you can give your child is a happy and healthy marriage. Researchers have found that, on average, children whose parents have a healthy marriage do better on every single positive social outcome from emotional health to higher academic achievement.

However researchers have also found that marital satisfaction can drop somewhat when a couple adds a newborn to their relationship. The good news is that researchers have also found that this drop is not inevitable. When a couple has the skills and knowledge to cope with the inevitable differences in parenting styles and still nurture their marital relationship despite sleep deprivation, less time, etc., then couples can grow closer together and develop a more satisfying marital relationship than before they had the baby.The key is to have the relationship skills and knowledge to make it happen.

The following self-help programs have been designed to help new parents acquire the relationship skills and knowledge to maintain a healthy marriage while they raise their child.  

We highly recommend you become an informed consumer before you purchase or use one of these self-help programs. Possible questions you might ask include:

1. What is your experience and training that you used to develop this program?

2. Is this program based on research and can you supply me with the references for the research articles it is based on?

3. What is the total cost for using your program?

4. What are the specific relationship skills and knowledge taught in this program?

If you have a self-help program for new parents and would like it to be added to this list please send us an email.

The following self-help programs have been designed to help new parents acquire the relationship skills and knowledge to maintain a healthy marriage while they raise their child.  



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Healthy Marriage Weight Loss Program This online program has been designed to help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, healthy marriage and a healthy self. Click here to learn more about this program
Healthy Relationship Dating Program Over 200 ideas of fun dates you can go on and strengthen your relationship at the same time. Click here to visit the Healthy Dating Program

No cost.
Keys to Unlocking the Door to a Healthy and Happy Marriage This pamphlet series teaches basic relationship skills and knowledge that can help a couple form and sustain a healthy marriage. Click here to read and print the pamphlets

No cost.
Marriage Moments This online program is designed to help you strengthen your relationship as you go through the significant changes of becoming new parents.

Couples who participate in Marriage Moments will learn about building a lasting marriage on four essential marital virtues.
To enroll in this free online program click here.
His Needs, Her Needs
for Parents DVD Seminar
Dr. Harley explains how parents can preserve their love for each other while raising happy and successful children. In his first one-hour session, he explains what a romantic relationship is, and how parents can sustain it throughout life. The second one-hour session introduces Love Busters, habits that can creep into a marriage that ultimately destroy a romantic relationship. Then, in the third one-hour session, Dr. Harley discusses four basic principles of good parenting. To order this DVD seminar, plus Dr. Harley's book His Needs, Her Needs for Parents, for $59.95 call 866-818-5530.
The Couples Workshop Series In this DVD, designed to fit your busy lives, learn how you and your partner can better cope with life''s stresses and support one another. With guided instruction and a series of practical exercises, you''ll enjoy sharing this workshop with each other. Learn how to renew intimacy, enhance respect, and strengthen your love, commitment and friendship. Gain lasting tools to communicate and resolve conflicts with calm and care. This user-friendly DVD workshop includes 4 DVDs and a manual, complete with workshop exercises. All materials and presentations are based on John Gottman''s 30 years of research with couples. To order this DVD or VHS workshop for $200 call 866-818-5530
Saying "I Do": Consider the Possibilities This free online marriage education program has been designed by researchers at Utah State University to help you learn the skills and knowledge that can help you form and sustain a healthy marriage.  To enroll in this free online course click here and you will be redirected to their login page. 

Type in the ID:marriageprep
and your Password is: guest
10 Great Dates Video Series 10 Great Dates Video Series helps spark romance with memory-making evenings built on key, marriage-enriching themes. Enjoy your dates alone as a couple or use this resource to initiate an ongoing marriage enrichment program for your church or group. To order this video series for $99.95 call 866-818-5530
His Needs Her Needs: Habits for a Lifetime of Passion In this 12 lesson course Dr. Harley leads you step by step through the process of becoming irresistible to each other. The package includes: Six compact disks recorded by Dr. Harley, one copy of His Needs, Her Needs (Hardcover), Lesson Assignments manual, and his 5 Steps to Romantic Love workbook. To order this 12 lesson course for $130 call 866-818-5530
Relationships Video Curriculum   Dr. Les and Leslie Parrot teach couples how to have a successful relationship by living principles taught in the Bible. To order this video workshop for $99.95 call 866-818-5530
The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work In this video Dr. Gottman presents his research-based seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward in their approach, yet profound in their effect, these principles teach partners new and startling strategies for making their marriage work. Based on Dr. Gottman''s New York Times best selling book, The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work. To order this video workshop for $29.95 call 866-818-5530
Love Busters: Overcoming Habits That Destroy Passion. In this 12 lesson course, Dr. Harley helps you get what you need from your spouse and give what your spouse needs from you. It begins by eliminating Love Busters.

Audio Package: Six compact disks recorded by Dr. Harley,
one copy of Love Busters (Hardcover), Lesson Assignments manual, and the workbook, 5 Steps to Romantic Love.
To order this 12 lesson course for $130 call 866-818-5530
The Marriage Breakthrough® Interactive Seminar  This package contains two DVDs which capture the full content of Michele Weiner-Davis's day-long live marriage enrichment/divorce prevention seminar for couples and a 12 page booklet containing seminar outline and exercises that you and your spouse can complete to fully participate in the seminar. To order this interactive DVD seminar for $149.95 call 866-818-5530
Fighting for Your Marriage Video Workshop This video guided workshop for couples helps you learn and apply the PREP skills and principles to help your relationship stay healthy.

Couples Workbook Video One: Ground Rules for Fighting and Loving

Couples Workbook Video Two: Using the Speaker-Listener Technique to Manage Conflicts

Couples Workbook Video Three: Problem Solving Made Easy

In addition to the three videos this package also includes to participants workbooks.
To order this workshop series for $130 call 866-818-5530
Getting Unstuck Video Workshop Working with real couples, Michele Weiner-Davis teaches four down-to-earth relationship skills illustrates a series of exercises couples can perform at home to begin to effect relationship change right away. You’ll learn to stop pushing your partner’s buttons in negative ways—and to start pushing them in positive ways…to get better at setting positive, action-oriented, attainable goals…and to think more creatively about change.   To order this video for $49.95 call 866-818-5530
DNA of Relationships DVD Series with Gary and Michael Smalley Watching this new 6 hour DVD seminar you'll learn:
How to eliminate the number one cause of relational conflict
1.Four ways to create a safe place for love
2.Four ways you can control all of your own emotions and greatly lower your stress level
3.Three key choices that bring you complete happiness in life 4. The most powerful communication method on earth 5. How God has designed you for love
6. Why the people using these principles found a 73% increase in their relational satisfaction
To order this DVD seminar for $99.95 call 866-818-5530

Wisdom Series
 This 6 CD audio workshop is taught by Lori Gordon, the founder of the PAIRS program. In it she teaches the skills and knowledge that have helped thousands of couples who have gone through the PAIRS program build and sustain healthy marriages. To order this CD workshop for $79.95 call 866-818-5530
Romance on a Shoestring Game Romance on a Shoestring begins as a game you play once a week, but it can last
a lifetime.

A shelf of self-help books, psychological wisdom and 120 romantic ideas--all
wrapped up in a fun and playful game.
To order this game for $49.95 call 866-818-5530
Sex & Romance in the Biblical Marriage This 6 hour video workshop, taught by Jim Sheridan, covers basic skills and information about sex and romance from a biblical perspective To order this video workshop for $150 call 866-818-5530

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