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

Podcasts:

Listening Mixed

This is a podcast with Dr. Bruce Robinson about the importance of listening to your children.
Not just listening to respond, but actually listening to understand what they have to say.

Tips:

Runaway toy

If you work away from home or travel a lot, try this idea: pretend that one of your child’s toys “ran away” to spend time with dad.