If you are lucky like me, you are parenting your child with someone who you love and respect. Parenting is a marathon and a team is absolutely necessary.
I know that my son is aware of our distinct differences.
I am the schooling, zombie battling, sticking to the rules and allowance chart mama.
If there’s a problem with the computer, a modding or hacking question, a play and laugh out loud past bedtime evening…that’s her.
She is the best thing since slice bread when she walks through the door in the evening and sometimes, if I’m being honest, that bugs me.
Some days, I want to be the fun one. I want to be the start the day without a plan mom or the eat ice cream for dinner mom, but that’s not my nature.
I have to resist the urge to go upstairs right now to “remind” them about the time. I don’t. She loves this time and likes the bonding that happens, even if the talking should have ended thirty minutes ago.
I have to resist the urge to organize and list their day together. I think of the schooling that needs to be done and she sees other, different ways to experience a productive day.
Even as I write this, I see my control freak nature showing. Maybe that is me or maybe it’s because I have spent over twenty years teaching, managing, organizing and seeing what kids should be able to do.
So…here is my question. Do you and your partner parent the same way or do you approach it differently? Is that a problem? Is there a “fun one” in your house?