Mom vs. Dad: Navigating Parenting Differences With All Good Intentions

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

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You slink back to join them, angry, hurt and frustrated, and eat your lunch in silence. Lunch over; you all wearily climb onto your bikes forrepparttar seemingly endless ride home. How did our happy day go wrong? What, if anything, should be done about it? Do you simply hope and pray forrepparttar 144437 arrival of Monday morning andrepparttar 144438 refuge ofrepparttar 144439 work routine? No! It’s essential to communicate with your partner.

Plan a Response Often, our first reaction when faced with a difference in styles is, "That's not what I would do." Conflicts bubble torepparttar 144440 surface when one or both partners operate with “my way isrepparttar 144441 right way” mentality. Discussing and resolving a conflict isrepparttar 144442 only way to minimizerepparttar 144443 negative impact differing parenting styles can have onrepparttar 144444 family. An unresolved conflict in parenting styles is one of leading causes of partner breakups.

Relying on some ofrepparttar 144445 following may minimize your distress as you plan a response:

Communication: Take time to discuss each other's parenting styles and values. Work on listening to your partner as carefully as you would like them to listen to you. Awareness (self and others, especially your child): Be aware if your own childhood is influencing how you are reacting to your child or your co-parent, and assess if your reaction is a fit for today's situation. Ask yourself: Why did you react that way? Why did they?

Ownership (your actions/non-actions): Don’t playrepparttar 144446 blame game. Examine what role your actions or non-actions played inrepparttar 144447 conflict.

Control (who has it; who needs it): Understand each other's needs for this vital resource. Strive to be more flexible and to not have to always be in control. Never undermine your partner or your partner's parenting in front of your children.

Resolution (bring issues to closure): Unresolved issues are a sure course to dissolution. Don't put off dealing withrepparttar 144448 important conflicts.

Keep in mind: Despite your differences, you both want what’s best forrepparttar 144449 children. This wasn'trepparttar 144450 first conflict and it probably won't berepparttar 144451 last. The next time you and your spouse lock horns over a parenting matter, remember to relax, be compassionate, and know that your kids need you both.

Dr. Charles Sophy currently serves as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He also has a private psychiatry practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Charles Sophy, author of the “Keep ‘Em Off My Couch” blog, provides real simple answers for solving life’s biggest problems. He specializes in improving the mental health of children. To contact Dr. Sophy, visit his blog at

Baby Clipart for all your Baby Shower Printing Needs

Written by Randy Wilson

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Do not clutter up your projects with too many different baby clip art pictures. This can look messy and unprofessional. Also, you need to pay attention to things like size, color, and format. There are many design tips that you can refer to onrepparttar Internet.

There’s no better way to have fun with a newborn’s arrival than to make all ofrepparttar 144436 special mementoes yourself. If you userepparttar 144437 Internet, you have millions of creative possibilities at your fingertips, and you can use your free time to create completely original designs using baby clipart.

These will be your memories, you should make them as you see fit! And if you need an extra copy of an invitation or an announcement you don’t have to worry aboutrepparttar 144438 time it takes to reorder or have to wait weeks for delivery. You’ll save on time and shipping costs, and be able use your money for other special baby needs.

Using baby clipart is a great way to save money, utilize your own creative talents, and design high quality baby shower clipart invitations and birth announcements. Don’t forget baby shower thank you notes! Whatever images or pictures you choose, whether sweet and playful or sentimental and formal, there are plenty of baby clipart options for you to choose from.

You can use clipart to create beautiful baby shower keepsakes and scrapbooking accents for you and your family and friends. Experiment with sizes, colors and baby shower themes. You’re sure to findrepparttar 144439 perfect baby clipart images to suit any design need. A little practice and patience makes baby clipart perfect!

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