Before jumping into the deep end of the Parenting Pool, parents must make sure that they BOTH know how to swim!
Parenting is tough, and problems with children is a major cause of marital discord, relationship break-ups, and divorce. The problem is that the skills that support a good marriage or romantic partnership are entirely different from the skills required to parent children.
Parents must be proactive and prepare ahead of time to ensure that they have the skill, knowledge, and support to handle the parenting challenges that are sure to come along.
The good news is that couples planning on having a family can get busy now to ensure a happy future for their relationship and their family. The key to effective parenting and a happy marriage is to negotiate a shared “Parenting Philosophy” and define a clear “Family Mission Statement.”
It is never too late for parents who already have children! Defining your “Parenting Philosophy” and “Family Mission Statement” can still help stop behavior problems in their tracks, and lead to a happier family. Happy families, in turn, lead to happier co-parents!