Magazine article Work & Family Life

Creating a Positive Co-Parenting Environment

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Creating a Positive Co-Parenting Environment

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Parenthood is the dawn of a new epoch in people's lives, and how new is often what stuns parents the most. Expectant couples tend to think it will not be difficult to communicate about their baby's needs and other child-related decisions.

But from juggling child care to sharing housework, many of these decisions can be stressful, even to the strongest relationship.

In Partnership Parenting, Dr. Kyle Pruett, a child psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center, and Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, a psychologist and professor at Smith College, describe how men and women parent differently-and what can be gained from each approach.

They see the alliance between parenting partners as hugely influential on a child's development. They say it sets the stage for the quality of life for everyone in the family.

Key components of a co-parenting relationship are (a) identifying as being on the "kid's team," (b) sharing the child care, (c) keeping intimacy alive, (d) balancing work and family life, and (e) managing conflict about your child. …

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