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Your five-year-old kicks your toddler. You want to let the battling brothers sort it out on their own; your partner wants to send the naughty kindergartner to his room. A fight ensues and soon you wish you could go to your room too.
When you and your spouse have different approaches to parenting it can feel like the Great Wall of China has arisen between you. Child discipline can be divisive. And arguments over child-rearing can make the most even-tempered adult seem childlike. We quibble and quarrel with our mates like school-aged siblings.
Why? Because we care. Because it’s important. Because it matters more than pretty much anything — to both parents.
Sure, this is a hot-button issue, but you can turn down the heat by remembering that your spouse is in complete agreement about the importance of parenting and parenting right. You two may disagree about what that looks like, but appreciating that you share the best of intentions will bring the feud's fever pitch back to the normal range. See, you’ve already found some common ground!
Here's what else you can you do when you and your partner aren’t on the same parenting page:
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