University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Someone once said that the initial months (and even years) of parenting could be compared to a long hot-air balloon ride—when one is suspended up in the air. As new parents embark on this ride, many challenges arise: adapting to a new routine, learning how to care for a child and deal with sleep deprivation, and constructing new identities—of parent and partner. That is, the transition to parenthood is a process “of becoming,” with clear bearings on identity (Ilicali & Fisek, 2004; Mercer, 2004). It comes as no surprise, then, that parents of young children often feel isolated and disconnected from the world.
To make matters worse, caregiving roles have changed due…