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Consistent Parenting

I believe that parenting together and being consistent is important, but it’s absolutely a learning process.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
August 23, 2008
Episode #078

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Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

Since my husband and I both have more than one job a piece and share the parenting of our children, we find it necessary to support each other on the parenting front in order to keep things running smoothly at home. I think any time you have adults sharing the parenting responsibility you have to learn to compromise, communicate, and above all else, support one another.

This is an important topic for me because … well … I’m horrible at sharing the parenting. I’m the mom and therefore, I must be the one and only person in the house that knows how to handle everything, right? Wrong. Please don’t tell my husband I said that! I believe that parenting together and being consistent is important, but it’s absolutely a learning process. I hope that by sharing these ideas with you, I’ll improve my own skills, and I welcome you to share any tips you have when you visit the transcript for this show on the website.

My first tip is to share your thoughts, ideas, discoveries, and concerns. If you discover some wonderful tactic that works great for you, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell your spouse. Tell anyone who helps you with your children. I’m in the midst of potty training so I’ll give an example using my current experience. When I was potty training my daughter, she did not like praise for a job well done. She liked privacy and knowing that she’d done it all on her own. Cheering her on was actually a deterrent to potty training. My son is the exact opposite. You can’t tell him often enough that he’s done a good job. He gets so excited to hear those words; you can see him running to the bathroom every morning to make Mommy or Daddy proud. Just remember to tell him he’s done a “good job!” This is important information for my husband to have since he’s assisting in the potty training efforts.

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