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Working together - An Important Parenting Skill

Mar 28, 2008
There is nothing more important to be said in parenting advice than working together in raising your children and establishing child discipline. It also needs to be said that it goes for all children of a relationship. Even if they belong to a previous relationship, the two people who make up their parents need to work together to form their children's discipline plan.

Children are experts in parent playing; they know how to get their way, if not from parent, they will go to the other parent. This often leads to misunderstanding between the parents and children use this situation to their own advantage.

It is very important for parents to work together for the welfare and stability of a home. Working together is a valuable parenting skill that parents must learn and practice. The first thing you as parents should do is to sit down and have a meeting, and work out a system that works for you.

If necessary, equally separate the subjects that a parent will decide on. For example, one parent handles outdoor activities while the other handles indoor activities. This will prevent the child or children from being able to play one parent against the other.

Remember, children should see their parents as one unit working together in harmony. They must know that they have to seek the approval of both parents in each situation. This arrangement works very well where both parents are available.

All parents need to agree on the rules and steps to follow regardless of which method you decide to use for making decisions. Once you've decided, then go to your children and explain the situation.

If you as parents can work together as a team, your older children will understand the situation, and will stop future parent playing. If they are not old enough to understand, you can prevent parent playing from occurring in the first place. Working together is the foundation of parenting.

More than just parent playing is at stake when parents need to work together. Parenting decisions aren't just limited to going to the park or watching TV. They also include what type and kind of education? Which religion or faith a child should be brought up in? What type of child disciplinary measures should be taken? All of these questions and more need to be addressed. So that all parents are on the same page on what they want or think for their children's behavior and child discipline needs.
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To get more parenting advice by author Dr. Noel Swanson, why not visit his parenting advice website?
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