You are not a parent yet or you have extremely well-behaved kids if you fell for that title. And we all know the latter cannot even be a reality. It would be so grateful of someone to hand you a manual to follow and pass the parenting exam with flying colors, right? Well if you are a parent, we are sure you had a good laugh looking at the title and also at the person who professes to have got the parenting right.
But what if the person who has supposedly got parenting right is too close for comfort? May be, ‘Your Spouse’? Let’s take a light-hearten look at some of the most common parenting issues that couples spar over and how we think you can deal with them!
Who’s Turn is It to Manage the Children Over The Weekend?
It is the dad’s turn to unwind before a ‘hectic’ work week and mom’s turn to take a break and let her hair down and therefore the big question – who will manage the kids? You know what all the mommies and daddies? The kids don’t need you to look after them all the time. So let them relax a bit, allow them to watch some TV, read some books and get their elbows and knees bruised a bit and for a change – let them look after themselves. It will do you both extremely good!
Why Can’t I Notice Anything in Its Place Anymore?
The children are already late for school and your better half too can’t seem to find her/his sock and suddenly the environment at home gets charged with a seemingly simple question: “Why is everything out of place?” In that one statement, you have already stirred a hornet’s nest. Do you mean to say that your spouse is the reason for not able to find stuff in the house? That he/she is expected to clean up after everyone in the house including the kids? Take my word: Just wear two different pair of socks to work if you can’t find the matching pair – it is the in thing these days.
Why Don’t You Go to Work Like ‘XYZ’/ Stay at Home?
Ahem, did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today? Or haven’t you had a run-in with the boss these past few days? Whatever your reason may be before you unintentionally (of course) uttered this statement, you better UNDO it and soon. Do we need to say more?
We Should Let the Kid Handle with the Situation
Imagine this. Your toddler comes home crying about a bully at school and all you want to do is to give that bully a piece of your own mind. And the spouse, (who has not been part of the proceedings) offers you advice like a consultant. You do not want to scream! I hear you! But hey, the consultant is right may be just this instance? Take up kickboxing or punch a doll instead ?
Day Off Doesn’t Mean ‘No Rules Day’
Sorry to break the bubble but parenting doesn’t come with a holiday fellas. So, before you decide to let the children watch a bit more on TV, or eat an extra bar of chocolate you better take your spouse into confidence. After all who wants to be assigned to a day of folding laundry and doing dishes ?
He/She is Just Like You.
Now, that is a statement, ladies and gentlemen. And somehow the better halves have perfected the timing on this. They choose to make a smart alek comment just when you think you are ready to tear your hair (or the kids’) over something. And about how similar they find the kid and you in this situation, no less. Word of advice to the smart spouses: That ain’t a smart move.
We hope you had a laugh or two while reading this article!