Vicki Larson is a longtime journalist and the lifestyles editor and writer at the Marin Independent Journal. A frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and Mommy Tracked: Managing the Chaos of Modern Motherhood, she writes about marriage, relationships, parenting, dating and divorce on her blog, OMG Chronicles. Larson has been a featured speaker at numerous events, including the Women’s PowerStrategy Conference and the Writing Mamas monthly salon, and has been mentioned on “The View,” the Rush Limbaugh show, Your Tango, Café mom’s The Stir, dating expert Evan Marc Katz, Jezebel and Why No Kids. A co-parenting mother of two sons, 23 and 20, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Vicki is also coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels” (Seal Press, fall 2014) and she and Susan will talk about “Life After Baby.” Couples who go through IVF or adoption have added stress, emotional, physical and financial, above what all new parents experience. Studies indicate 67 percent of couples feel “very unhappy” after the birth of their child although it hits men and women at different times and can last for as long as two years. In this workshop, we will offer several ways couples can renegotiate their marital contract to avoid the typical pitfalls that new parents face, many of those unconscious. We will also explore societal and personal expectations of what it means to be a “good mother” and “good father” in addition to being a wife and husband.