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Changing Priorities

by Maxine
Posted May 12 2011 11:17am
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For most couples, there just isn’t enough time to do everything that needs to be done. That means that choices are made about what gets done and what has to wait. Parents may even find that their priorities aren’t the same. This can lead to conflict, for example, if Dad is worried about finances, while Mom is worried about the safety of their older model car.

In life, priorities change and that’s totally normal. Being aware of each others' priorities can help to decrease friction and increase your ability to support one another. Download and complete the My Priorities worksheet. First, fill in your own personal priorities and then share them with each other. After sharing, you may want to alter or add to your list of priorities.

Download the My Priorities Worksheet (PDF)

Your priorities will change as your baby grows and new challenges will emerge. We recommended you review your My Priorities worksheet about every 6 months.

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Parenting as a Team

by Maxine
Posted May 10 2011 02:46pm
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Before your baby was born, each of you had special dreams and visions, along with worries and fears. Now that your baby is here, it’s time to revisit your earlier thoughts and see where things stand now. The reality for most parents is that these dreams often change as your baby grows and as you move through the transitions of early parenthood.  

Download the Parenting as a Team Worksheet (PDF).

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Joint Parenting Team Plan for Baby

by Maxine
Posted May 12 2011 11:23am
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Review the following common baby care tasks – tasks that parents need to take care of. Share your thoughts with each other and develop a plan for how you will manage each. If you are not sure yet, don’t worry, review this after a week at home with your new baby and again after the first month. You will probably make some changes based on your actual experience. Use this worksheet not only to plan for baby, but also to identify what might become points of disagreement for the two of you.

Download the Joint Plan Team Plan for Baby Woksheet (PDF).

 

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Creating a United Front

by Maxine
Posted May 12 2011 11:29am
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Do you and your partner agree on everything? Of course not! It’s unusual for two parents to agree on everything. But we do know that the more parents agree, the easier it is to work together as a team. In the end, this allows your child to grow up in a more consistent and positive environment.

Mother: Sweetheart, Antoine looks much better in red. Why don’t you put his new red shirt on him instead of the blue one?
Father: “Red! What are you talking about? I think that blue is his best colour!”

Do you and your partner agree on everything? Of course not! It’s unusual for two parents to agree on everything. But we do know that the more parents agree, the easier it is to work together as a team. In the end, this allows your child to grow up in a more consistent and positive environment.

Below, you’ll find a worksheet that is made up of common areas related to your baby. These are areas where some parents have difficulty finding a common ground. Together with your partner, fill out the worksheet and identify the areas where you present a united front, those where you need to have some further discussion and the areas where you may have to learn to live with some differences. Review the areas where you do not agree. Decide whether you need to find a compromise or if it’s okay to have different beliefs.

Download the Creating a United Front Worksheet (PDF)

 

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