Since we are between series right now, I do not have any student questions to inspire our blog posts. So I thought I would share this list of questions that I came up with when a student asked for some guidance on how to develop their parenting style.
We joke in class that the 12-week series for childbirth preparation should segue way into a 12-week series about parenting. In reality, although there are lots of parenting books, there is NO parenting manual that will tell you how to parent your unique child. My personal mantra is to put away the book and read your child - they will tell you what you need to know about how to love them, nurture them and guide them into adulthood.
Along the way, it helps if you and your partner are on the same page about what I would call the "big stuff". I am by no means a counselor or therapist, so as always, these questions are offered in the spirit of providing a starting point for further exploration. At the end of this post are some resources if you feel that you do need professional help to aid you and your partner resolve any conflicts you may have in your parenting style; or if like us, you simply want to enrich your marriage to be a strong union for your Sweet Peas.
This is not a complete list. Feel free to add your own questions to the discussions you have with your partner. Let us know what helped you so we can refine our list for future students and readers!
I hope these questions are a great starting point for you and your partner. This is a long list, so maybe you can print them, cut them into strips, and then take turns pulling them out of a jar once a night/week/month; however long it takes you and that you have the emotional wherewithal to discuss them calmly.
If you would like additional resources for mediation/counseling/marriage enrichment, here is a group we have used in Gilbert, AZ:
If you would like to look up a therapist in your area, Psychology Today offers a good search database. Start HERE
*NOTE: Sweet Pea Births does not support or believe in spanking, hurtful tickling or child abuse. These questions are offered to facilitate an honest discussion between co-parents.
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