This concept may sound ridiculous, but it is something that needs to be talked about. If you’re married, it is likely you and your wife have had different upbringings. You were encouraged differently. You were disciplined differently. And that’s ok. Understanding the above, we have to come to grips that unless you had an extremely similar upbringing, you and your wife will have or have different ways of parenting. I can’t stress this enough... Talk about this prior to taking a placement. Why? Taking in kids from hard places is tough enough already, even though it is totally worth it. Add marital stress on top of it, it could lead to disaster. So what is “same page parenting”? It’s making sure you and your wife agree on how you are going to discipline your children. Is it going to be a time out? Is it going to be a time in? Are you going to use the 1-2-3 Magic technique? How’s it all going to go down? This is important because you don’t want to have 2 different parenting styles or else you’ll have tension in your marriage and you will have inconsistency in disciplining your child which we all know consistency is key for our kiddos. So while you’re going through your licensure process, maybe you need a restart. Sit down. Listen to what your wife has to say. Share your suggestions. And map out
a plan on how you. AS A TEAM, are going to parent your children. It will save you much stress in the long run.