Parenting can significantly impact the relationship you have with your partner, however when you bring in the complexity of different parenting styles, that is when the tension can rise between couples.

Acknowledging how parenting can affect your marriage is the first step to minimising any negative impact. But secondly, understanding each other’s parenting style, this is where true collaboration and support in each other’s parenting efforts can make a difference.

You and your partner might parent using different styles and you might even find yourself parenting each child with a different style, perhaps the style you were parented when a child. That’s okay, but it is likely to cause frustration and conflict. A variety of theories and explanations of parenting styles exist, but the democratic, or balanced, style has been known to be most effective for relationship educational purposes. The key here is to understand the differences in style that exist between you and your partner and overall – aim for balance, agreement, and unity.

The democratic parenting style balances age-appropriate child autonomy and parental control. Parenting is nurturing, discipline is consistent, and according to research this balanced style tends to have the best outcomes for children and teens.

If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.

Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples… that’s a great place start! Tune in for more tips next week.

Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.

More tips at, tune in next week…

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Take the Couple Checkup Simply click on the Register button below relevant to your relationship – it couldn’t be easier. Once you have finished the questions you should receive your comprehensive personalised report in about 30 seconds.

The CoupleCheckup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The CoupleCheckup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.

The CoupleCheckup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the CoupleCheckup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.

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