Today’s Truth

Daily Truth: Parenting Together

One of the problems that can occur in marriage and parenting is when the mom and dad do not parent together and instead one is more in charge than the other. This can create friction between the parents and friction between the children and their parents. So how can parents work together to create a unified team for their children?

First, always make big decisions together. You do not ever have to give your children an answer right away and instead can say, “your father (or mother) and I are going to discuss this together.” Then, present your answer together as well. Second, work to create a list of boundaries and possible consequences for your children. It is never too late to do this. When you discipline the same way, your children will see that you are a team. We all know that sometimes they like to pit one parent against the other, so this will prevent some of that from occurring. Third, spend some time in prayer together for each of your children. When you go before the Lord on behalf of your children, it will bring you closer together as a couple. It is so important to seek out parenting advice from the Lord. He will give you wisdom in making decisions.

Parenting together is always the best option for your children. Ecclesiastes 4:12 states, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Think about those three strands as being you, your spouse, and the Lord. No one is ever alone in parenting if they seek out the Lord and His wisdom. Just imagine what you can do when you parent together!