Monday, August 07, 2006

Day 168 - Talk About Parenting Decisions

Today's First Time Parenting Tip - Talk about parenting style...before the issue comes to a head

How will you discipline your child? What chores will he do? What activities do you want him to be involved in? What lessons must he learn, if he learns nothing else from you? What will you do to make sure you're not like your parents were gosh darnit!

It's good to chat about these things before hand, so that you can be consistent from the very beginning and not feel like you're being forced down a parenting path that you don't want to go on. So when the ice cream hits the mouth for the second time and mom says "that's enough," dad's not saying "but he's just getting started.

It'll help you work together as a parenting team, which is really what you need to do to be successful. For all you single parents out there, you've got it easy. You can run a dictatorship!

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