Becoming parents brings a lot of new challenges and a lot of change to a marriage relationship. The parenting stages of life are a large chunk of a couple's relationship. Parenthood begins with the birth of your first child (or sometimes the adoption of a pet) and never really ends, even after your kids are grown and have moved out of your house. Being able to navigate your relationship as a parenting team while maintaining your identity as the couple that you were when you began your marriage is important. Let parenthood strengthen your relationship with each other, not dissolve it.