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Parenting Teamwork: Creating a Unified Approach with Your Partner

So you have welcomed your little bundle of joy! Congratulations! If you are a first-time parent, or if this isn’t your first rodeo, you know that parenting isn’t easy.

In an effort to raise up your child to be the version of themselves, sometimes many things tend to fall onto the back burner. Things that were once a priority before you had kids can find themselves slipping into the rearview.

For example, communication and bonding with your partner. For many new families, this is something that parents often overlook, as you might feel that the new addition to your family should always come first.

However, it is important to lead by example and show a unified front with your partner, especially when it comes to child-rearing.

What many new parents might fail to realise is that happy parents raise happier kiddos!

While you are trying to be the best parent you can be, it is important not to let the strong parenting bond with your husband or wife get neglected. After all, an unhealthy or tense family life can lead to adverse effects on your child’s overall wellbeing.

Creating a unified approach to parenting with your partner is crucial for maintaining harmony in the household and ensuring consistency in raising your children. Here are five ways to achieve this:

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Open Communication:

In order to make sure that you and your partner are on the same page, it is first important to establish a safe and healthy space for open communication.

Either spouse should feel comfortable with raising any issues with each other’s parenting styles, and be open to finding a middle ground.

Disagreements among spouses, especially in regards to parenting, are all part and parcel of embarking on your journey together as parents.

It is just worth it to note that both of you, although you might have differing points of view are on the same side.

Keep in mind that both you and your spouse had a different set of upbringing growing up. Although you might disagree a little when it coms to choosing the best approach to raise your child, maybe you can consider combining the best aspects of the parenting styles you were exposed to and create something unique for your new family!

Both parents simply want what is best for their child, and it is more than achievable to land on a middle ground with some compromise.

Establish a habit of regular, open communication with your partner about parenting goals, values, and strategies.

Discuss your individual upbringing, beliefs about parenting, and any concerns or challenges you may be facing. Maintaining a family is such a labour of love. Ask anyone with a family of their own or considering starting one.

What is important is to hear each other’s perspectives when it comes to making parenting decisions for your child.

It is good to maintain and open mind when communicating with your spouse, and work together to create the best possible outcome for the loving family that you both are building together.

Set Clear Expectations:

To avoid piling the stresses of childrearing solely onto one parent, it might be useful to set up a clear division of labour. Most of the time, it is impossible to have a 50/50 split when it comes to childcare or household duties, especially if one parent is not working.

However, parents should work within their capabilities, and make a conscious effort not to overburden or overstress themselves.

If the mental or physical load is too heavy to bear, even within the family unit, do look into finding other alternatives, like external childcare services, or a live-in helper to help with the upkeep of the home.

Clearly define roles and responsibilities for each parent in the household. Discuss who will handle specific tasks such as discipline, bedtime routines, meal planning, and extracurricular activities. Setting clear expectations helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures that both partners are on the same page when it comes to parenting decisions.

Consistency is Key:

After the hurdle of communication is over, it is time to build a routine of consistency for your young one to follow.

Especially at a young age, children need consistency in order to maintain discipline in their lives and mental fortitude.

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But parents should note that when your child gets a little older, you can employ some wiggle room in their routine for them to explore responsibly in independently.

In the meantime, both parents should be on the same page when it comes to rules, boundaries and consequences.

For example, if you and your spouse are setting a bedtime for your kid, be sure to stick to the same timing consistently, like 8 pm on weeknights and 8:30 pm on weekends.

Try not to fall for your kid’s puppy dog eyes and extend their bedtime! You wouldn’t want to be known as the pushover parent!

Avoid contradicting each other or undermining each other’s authority in front of the children. Squabbling and having disagreements in front of the children may lead them to respect one parent’s authority over the other.

Maintain a united front, and feel free to discuss your disagreements openly in private.

Consistency provides children with a sense of security and helps reinforce positive behaviour.

Compromise and Flexibility:

For many new parents, coming up with the “perfect” parenting style can be a daunting task. If you consume a lot of parenting content on social media, it can seem like every other parent out there has got it all together except you.

Don’t worry mum or dad! You are not alone, parenting is hard, and that is why you should always fall back on compromise and flexibility.

Recognize that parenting styles may differ between partners, and be willing to compromise and adapt.

Be open to trying out different approaches and incorporating elements from each other’s parenting styles.

Flexibility is essential in navigating the challenges of parenting together and finding solutions that work for your family dynamic.

As parents, you are bound to change over the years, and so are the needs of your child. Learn to roll with the punches and adapt your parenting style to what your child might need, as opposed to what you think is the “perfect” method.

Support Each Other:

Parenting can be challenging, and it’s essential to support each other as partners.

Be empathetic and understanding towards each other’s parenting struggles and offer encouragement and assistance when needed.

It is important to remember that you both are on this journey together and nurturing this life is a choice that you both made out of love, to grow and build a family together.

Approach all disagreements with a positive mindset, and you should find that a consensus is achievable.

Take the time to celebrate each other’s successes and acknowledge the efforts you both put into raising your children. By working together as a team, you can create a nurturing and harmonious environment for your family.

In conclusion, parenting teamwork is not just a concept; it’s the cornerstone of successful parenting. As discussed throughout this article, the benefits of collaboration between parents are numerous and profound. By sharing responsibilities, communicating effectively, and supporting each other, parents can create a nurturing environment where their children can thrive. Moreover, parenting teamwork fosters a strong bond between partners, leading to a happier and more fulfilling family life.


Elizabeth Laurel

A young multidisciplinary artist in the performing and literary art, Elizabeth Laurel enjoys writing plays and poetry and has graduated with a Diploma in Performance from LASALLE College of the Arts. She writes across many mediums, some of her plays being created in conjunction with Theatreworks. Besides plays, she also has work ranging from creative fiction to entertainment journalism.