Scale down expectations of what you can accomplish in one day, and save high-intensity jobs such as balancing the checkbook or paying bills for when you and your spouse are both home so one person can watch the baby. Keeping a realistic outlook and open lines of communication may require extra effort, but it's a small price to pay for harmony, respect and the optimum enjoyment of your new roles as parents.
With the arrival of a new baby, time becomes more precious than ever.
Rebecca Sweat is a freelance writer based in Chicago specializing in family and health topics.
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