Parenting teens and other ages: backing up your spouse.

by Jennifer Dyer

How often do you disagree with your spouse when it comes to parenting issues? How do you handle it? Do you voice your opinion in front of the kids or wait until later when you and your spouse are alone?

I know some responses depend on the situation, but in a recent conversation with a friend I realized how important a united parental front can be. The person shared with me that when one parent feels isolated, without the support of their spouse, they are more likely to disengage from parenting. The person put it: “When you feel everyone is out to get you, you really don’t want to participate in the family and it makes setting limits and boundaries for the kids all the more difficult.”

Food for thought. Do I back my spouse up or do I tear him down in front of the kids?

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