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What is a team parenting approach?

It’s common – and not unexpected – for parents or carers to sometimes argue or disagree about the way they raise their children. But adults can learn to deal with these differences through good communication.

Why is a team parenting approach important?

Kids feel happier when their parents are working as a team. The atmosphere at home is more calm and less unpredictable. Parents’ reactions and responses are more consistent. There’s less conflict. And parents feel happier too. Even separated or divorced parents can parenting find middle ground, with help.

Of course, this isn’t always easy. Each person has their own beliefs, values, expectations, and skills. Plus, the day-to-day demands of family life can make teamwork tough.

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Here are some ideas to get you started

  • It’s important to support each other with parenting. For example, if your partner is dealing with bedtime dramas, you can support them by following through with a plan you’ve both agreed on.
  • If you’re unhappy with the way your partner has handled a situation, wait until it’s over to calmly discuss it.
  • It is also good to find some time to support each other more generally. Compliment each other. Share a conversation about each other’s day. And remember to let each other know you value the time and effort put into parenting. Those everyday moments add up, and your kids will benefit in the long term.

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