Communication Guidelines for Parents-to-Be
Don't keep your concerns to yourself: Share your thoughts with each other.
Talk about what it will be like to be a parent. Discuss your expectations, values and beliefs.
Work on communicating clearly with each other; paraphrase your partner's statements back to him or her. You won't always arrive at agreement, but each of you will know your concerns have been heard.
Talk about how each of you deals with anger and conflict, as learned in your family of origin. Learn to use the timeout technique.
When giving either criticism or praise, try to be specific. Tell your spouse specifically what bothers you, and what pleases you.