Yesterday, I discussed parenting teamwork and how important it is in your relationships. Did you miss the discussion? Head over to the post to learn about the benefits of parenting teamwork, and how to begin the process. Your children also reap benefits when their parents are working together instead of arguing over parenting tactics. Raising kids as a team benefits everyone involved.
Now that I got you started, I wanted to share some resources to help you dig deeper into parenting as a team. I’m including some parenting resources I’ve found useful in sharing parenting responsibilities, including some general parenting books.
Books to Help You Parent as a Team
Raising Kids as a Team
This book is written for step families, and includes information to help you parent as a team
General Parenting Books
I recommend some general parenting books that each parent read to help determine what each feels appropriate. After you’ve both read up on parenting techniques, sit down and have a discussion. Find some common ground in practices you can employ and use them to help you parent as a team.
One of my favorite, and easiest to implement, strategies came from 1-2-3 Magic. This one was by far the easiest for both my husband and myself to adopt together to help us parent as a team, especially while the kids are littler.
Considering your child’s brain
Adult logic doesn’t tend to work with children while parenting. I found this book to be a fascinating and useful approach to parenting and discipline, which helped me understand the workings of a child’s brain. And, that helped me to understand why certain techniques didn’t always work.
Consequence and Reward Jars
As our daughter got older, we had to get a little more creative with our disciplining techniques. My husband and I began working with consequence and reward jars. And I still found it useful to use the 1-2-3 Magic technique. The best part of using consequence and reward jars is that you can both come to an agreement on appropriate consequences and neither of you really have to be the bad guy. This makes it easier to parent as a team.
Check out the consequence and reward jar system.