Thursday, September 25, 2008

Can’t Agree? Follow the Parenting Expert

From TODAY, Voices
Thursday September 25, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

So, what do you do when you and your spouse have different parenting styles?

Parenting is hard enough without adding extra conflict about how best to deal with the kids.

When couples come from different backgrounds and have different experiences, they often have different ideas about discipline or expectations.

A mother may think her kids need to be in bed by eight, while her husband is fine with them staying up late.

And when parents have different views, something has to give.

A good way to solve this problem is to find a quality parenting programme and then follow it together.

When a disagreement occurs, agree to defer to the expert.

It’s a simple but effective way to stay on the same page when it comes to parenting.
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