Seeking support for a partner
Many of us are in lifelong relationships, and our roles as mamas and papas must fit in with our roles as supporters, confidants, best friends, and significant others. An urbanMama recently emailed, seeking suggestions for supporting her partner:
I am wondering if any urbanMamas can offer advice or ideas for how to support a husband who has hit a particularly difficult and rocky patch. My husband has been struggling for months (and even off and on for years) with some general dissatisfaction regarding his life and his career. A lot of it stems from a job that he doesn't like but he feels trapped in for financial reasons. Some of it could be a version of a midlife crisis. It has made him very difficult to be around at times, and I am having a hard time not taking it personally when I feel like he is unhappy with the life we have built for ourselves (while I am more or less satisfied with how things are going). I know he loves me and our two girls (ages 2 and 4), but I am struggling to be patient with this particularly depressed, angry, miserable phase that he is going through. Aside from marital counseling, which I am sure we could benefit from, how do I help him day to day when I am trying to juggle my own work and home demands? Any insight?