The Parenting Tightrope: Balancing Your Differences with Your Spouse

Raising kids is like walking a tightrope – it requires balance, patience, and a solid support system. But what happens when your tightrope walker spouse tries to balance on an entirely different rope? That's when parenting disagreements come into play.

First and foremost, communication is key – no, it's critical, like finding the TV remote in the couch cushions. key. Instead of letting disagreements simmer and turn into full-blown arguments, it's essential to talk it out and listen to each other's perspectives. Try to see each other's points of view and find a solution that works for both of you. If all else fails, bribe your spouse with their favorite snack – it's a tried and true method. But seriously you need to talk when each of you is calm, not saying anything will only cause resentment and futher issues. 

Another tip is to establish a united front. Even if you disagree on certain parenting decisions, presenting a united front to your children is crucial. As a parent of three, we've struggled with one of us being too authoritarian one minute and too much of a pushover the next. Still, by incorporating the "same team" mentality, we've found a style that works for our family. This clearly conveys that you're both on the same team and working together to provide the best upbringing for your kids – or at least trying to. This is huge with TEENS!

It's also helpful to have some "me time" for each parent. Taking time for yourself allows you to recharge and come back to parenting with a clear mind. And don't be afraid to seek outside help from a counselor or mediator if needed – they're like your own personal GPS for the parenting road trip.  We've been seeking the help of a fantastic therapist for the past four years to aid us in some behavioral issues with one of our children it's been so helpful to both of us. 

Finally, remember that parenting is a journey and not a destination. It's okay to make mistakes and learn from them – or, as we like to call it, "parenting on the fly." At the end of the day, what's most important is that you're both working towards the same goal of providing a happy and healthy childhood for your children.

In conclusion, navigating disagreements with your spouse when it comes to parenting can be tricky, but it's not impossible. By communicating, presenting a united front, taking time for yourself, and seeking outside help if needed, you and your spouse can work together to make it work.

Happy tightrope walking, parents you've got this!

Written by Sarah Komers

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