Agreeing on what boundaries to set for children can be a real cause of tension in your relationship with your partner. Without knowing it, a child can really take on power when parents disagree about discipline. When this happens, your authority becomes weaker and your child suddenly has the upper hand and the control. Giving clear messages that you agree about boundaries helps children to feel more secure.
It is important for couples to work together in their parenting. Remember, there is power in the partnership!
Think about how you and your partner make decisions about parenting:
- Are there any areas where you and partner disagree about the way your child is raised?
- What needs to happen to help you work better together?
- As parents working together, what thoughts, attitudes and behaviors may need changing?