Balancing co-parenting and your relationship: Share your Brilliance
We recently finished writing the introductory chapters of Minimalist Parenting with a focus on fundamentals and laying the groundwork. So much about simplifying your family life boils down to effective teamwork with the person (or people) with whom you’re co-parenting. In my case it’s my husband; in a friend’s case, it’s her mother (she’s divorced and her mom takes care of the kids while she’s at work).
Raising a kid with someone isn’t straightforward. We all have our own family histories and parenting philosophies and childhood joys and issues. We all have preconceptions about parenting that have to adjust once actual children and an actual partner enter the picture.
One of the keys of moving toward minimalist parenting is sharing the “work” of raising children and respecting/valuing each others’ strengths so that your kids have the gift of several loving adults in their lives, and you can make some space for yourself. Christine and I would love to hear your thoughts about effective teamwork as parents.
- How do you resolve differences in your parenting philosophies?
- Do you have any tricks for sharing the work (and the recognition)?
- How do you divide parenting responsibilities?
- Any tricks for nurturing your relationship in the midst of the co-parenting whirlwind?
As always, we’ll be on the lookout for novel, interesting thoughts to include in the book (with your permission, and with attribution). Can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
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