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How parents can keep a united front in the battle over behavior

 

Illustration by Natalie SuarezBy Kimberly Marselas

When Colleen Pawloski became a first-time mom, she brought with her the techniques and experiences she’d collected as a former childhood behavior specialist.

Her husband, Jamie, didn’t.

Learning to let go and let him discipline took time, but today the St. Leonard parents are on the same page when it comes to explaining expectations and doling out consequences for their 4- and 5-year-old sons.

Parent educators and counseling professionals often advise parents to present a united front when it comes to disciplining their children. Sending mixed messages, they warn, makes it harder for children to learn the rules. It can also create long-term conflict in a marriage.

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