PARENTING ISSUES

You could be a new parent or a seasoned one, but there are certain issues that definitely challenge your partnerships. From division of household duties, to agreeing on discipline.

Six parenting topics and tips for how to get on the same page during your journey through parenthood

1. Dividing household and baby duties.

The division of household chores was clear cut before you expanded your family. But with kids comes additional household tasks. Set up time to split up household and baby duties so there is no misunderstanding or resentment and avoid this problem that parents frequently fight about.


2. How to discipline your children

There are thousands of tips for parents on just how to discipline your children, but parents often find themselves on different pages when it comes to dishing out punishment. When you find yourselves arguing over how your kids should be disciplined, set time aside away from little ones and discuss how you’d like to discipline your children.


3. Escaping for “me” time

A main parenting problem is the loss of “me” time which can lead to recurrent “I’ll be right back” moments that lasts for hours. To help address this necessity, communicate with your partner and institute ample alone time away for each of you.


4. Grandparent involvement

When it comes to grandchildren, grandparents can tend to undermine you and spoil the kids terribly. Although your in-laws may drive you crazy, try and approach the topic calmly and with results and feelings in mind.


5. Criticisms about parenting

There are no set rules for parenting, but the fact that you rock junior to sleep on occasion or when it comes to the way your partner changes a diaper. It seems like parents are swift to criticize each other. Choose your battles, unless health and/or safety is concerned.


6. Deciding who gets up with the kids

Having kids generally means getting a lot less sleep, Whether its getting up with the kids at the crack of dawn or getting up with the baby in the middle of the night, agree on a schedule to cut out any resentment or feeling that your partner is getting much more sleep than you.

One of the most important tips for parents is this: The best way to parent is to talk about opinions beforehand. Supporting each other’s leadership and learning from each other can help avoid some of the top six parenting issues.

 

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