We are better together
By Sue-Anne Wu | 15 June 2021
Has your child ever asked you for ice-cream, and then sneakily goes and asks your spouse the same question after you say no?
Parenting is a team sport. Like a seasoned football team, we need to have each other’s backs and maintain a strong line of defence against the children’s wiles, marauding runs and sly stepovers. Marking has to be watertight.
When parents work as a team, children feel safe and secure. They also learn proactive ways to handle conflicts and resolve problems peacefully by watching their parents model these behaviours.
We may have different ideas of what it is best or we may go about it in different ways, but we have the same desires and goals.
Here are some tactical pro-tips that we can deploy today:
Each teammate needs to know their role and play to their strengths and abilities.
Parents should strive to speak respectfully to each other and of each other; undermining each other in front of the kids is tantamount to a red-card.
We need huddle time as mums and dads to consider how we are doing in our parenting journey – individually and as a team.
Let’s continue to encourage, motivate and inspire each other to get there together – hand-in-hand with our spouse.
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