Parenting Classes

Ballast & Buoy has teamed up with couples therapist Jenna Daly, LCSW of Grounded Parent to offer parents in southern Maine evidence-based guidance on making the transition from couple to family. Our classes, based on the research of Dr. John Gottman, are full of straight talk about sex, money, and the division of household labor, seasoned with the wit and wisdom of our own experiences as mothers, partners, and postpartum caregivers. We have a good time in the classroom and you will, too!

Love Among the Diapers: Partnership Skills for Parents

Babies are notoriously terrible roommates: they keep odd hours, they never clean up after themselves, and good luck getting their share of the rent. The mayhem they create has a way of turning their parents into roommates, too. How do you sidestep the pitfalls that make 70% of new parents unhappy in the first year?

In this 4 hour workshop, we’ll give you a roadmap for sustaining your relationship in the early years of parenthood:

  • How to talk so your partner will hear you, and vice versa
  • How to resolve the conflicts you can and move beyond the ones you can’t
  • How to keep the spark that brought you together alive through 3 a.m. feedings, diaper blowouts, and toddler tantrums

Who should take this class?

  • Couples considering parenthood
  • Expectant parents
  • New parents
  • Parents who suspect their toddlers are trying to crush them


The greatest gift you can give your child is a strong relationship between the two of you. (Dr. John Gottman)

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Bringing  Baby Home

You’ve chosen your birth team, your birth place, your birth plan. You’ve taken the classes and read the books that will prepare you for the transformative experience of childbirth. You’re ready to meet this baby! What happens after that?

New parenthood is a life-altering transition. It’s a huge shift that most of us can’t fully understand until we’re in it. Finding your bearings as a family — adjusting to new rhythms of sleeping, eating, and relating to each other — is challenging at best. The combined effects of exhaustion and a steep learning curve can be disorienting and isolating, even for parents who eagerly anticipate their baby’s arrival. Recent studies have found that about 70% of new parents experience a sharp decrease in happiness in the first and second years after their babies are born. Why do some couples weather the storms when so many other couples flounder? The key is friendship.

Dr. John Gottman has spent his career studying what makes marriage work, and he has distilled his findings into clear, achievable steps that couples can take to improve the quality of friendship in their relationship. The Bringing Baby Home™ program shows expectant couples how to put these principles into practice and shore up their partnership as they embark on the stormy seas of parenthood.

We are proud to offer the first ever Maine edition of Bringing Baby Home. This 12 hour workshop is for couples who want to:

  • Understand the research on how to foster baby’s social, emotional, and intellectual development
  • Create a strong foundation for building a family together
  • Be the best parenting team possible
  • Meet other expectant parents

In a comfortable, supportive space, you will learn how to deepen your connection to each other. When you complete the class you will be able to:

  • Move forward with realistic expectations about the transition to parenthood
  • Strengthen the quality of your friendship
  • Improve your communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Create co-parenting strategies with your partner
  • Recognize the signs of postpartum depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders, and know where to turn for help
  • Make a postpartum support plan for your family

With the right tools, you and your partner will make the transition to parenthood easier, healthier, and more satisfying for your whole family.