Communicate:First and foremost, communication is key. It would be beneficial to discuss about your parenting styles before your child arrives, but you may not have ever considered a scenario that has arisen, or you’ve realized that you’ve gotten out of sync. Share your parenting strategies and find a compromise where you may see things differently. An important part of communication is to be sure that you are doing so when you are both calm and willing to discuss options and be open to each other’s opinions.
Be Supportive: Though you may have different parenting styles, it’s important that you are supportive of one another. If your partner isn’t as comfortable with something but did agree to it, help them through the situation.
Set Rules Together: Both you and your partner should agree on the house rules and what the consequences are should the rules not be followed. If you have vague rules, you and your partner may see behaviors differently and discipline differently. It’s also important that the rules and consequences are well known, so that if your challenged by your children, both parents can provide support to each other.
Be flexible: No two people will ever agree on everything. Compromise is key when two parents may have different parenting styles. It’s also important that you are flexible in how you feel different scenarios should be handled based on your child’s personality and needs. It’s also important to be flexible if you realize that the strategy you both agreed on isn’t as effective as you’ve hope. Don’t be quick to shut down other ideas that may work for your family.