Teamwork in parenting

Teamwork in parenting: mom holding baby while dad look on

Teamwork is important in parenting. Having a consistent approach to routines (when to do homework, bedtimes, etc), discipline and social activities helps children have a more stable and predictable home life and discourages them from playing one parent off against the other.

  • Back up your partner’s decisions – if you have doubts about the decision, discuss it later with your partner in private
  • Work with your partner as a parenting team – discuss and resolve issues together
  • Be aware of your own and your partner’s experiences of being parented

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Challenge your kids

If you work away from home or travel a lot, try setting your child a task to complete while you are apart – something that will challenge them.

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Encourage your kids

Build up your child’s confidence by encouraging him or her to step out of their comfort zone to try new things, and by noticing and praising their efforts.