Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:
Related to yesterday’s Women Discuss thread: ‘It’s just not for me’: Why a growing number of women are saying no to parenthood
The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high
Can ‘Daddy Days’ Shrink The Gender Child Care Gap?
Did I Say “I Love You” Too Soon? Here’s How To Tell, According To Experts
Couples interested in a non-monogamous relationship are getting some help from a new dating app that defines itself as “a platform for alternative dating, for people who are beyond labels.”
These LGBTQ+ Best Friends Are Raising a Child Together in the Name of Coparenting
Apparently there’s a new trend among newlyweds to “honeymoon” separately, without their new spouses. “Whether newlyweds are unwilling to compromise on a vacation, or because work is taking a precedence over romance, it appears some honeymooners are forging their own path post-wedding. Separately.” What do you think of this?
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Lucidity April 1, 2019, 8:11 am
Go Canada! My husband and I found out about Daddy Days a few weeks ago and are very excited that it’s being implemented right before our baby is due. I had planned to take the full 18 months of maternity leave I’m entitled to, but he wasn’t going to take anything because whatever he took would cut into my time (and he’ll be home for two months when the baby is born anyway because I’m due in the summer and he’s in education so he gets summers off). Now he’ll get to stay home for awhile after I go back and get his own bonding time in.
I think it’s insane that people are spending their honeymoons apart. It makes sense to spend a few weeks or months apart if your honeymoon is a year, but taking completely separate honeymoons? The whole point is to kick off your marriage by cementing your bond with shared experiences and intimacy. My husband and I did a three month backpacking tour of both of our home countries followed by a pampered stay in an resort and it was the most wonderful period of our lives. We had so many shared adventures, which were all the more emotionally intense since we were still riding the high of being newlyweds. Those memories are so precious to us. I think you can take separate trips any time in a marriage and it can be good and healthy and fun, but a honeymoon should be about each other and the marriage. If my husband would have preferred to go to sports games with his bros, I would have been concerned about our future.