Parents Disagreements Over bedtime can Cause Big Trouble For Couples

August 14, 2017

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Parents know with the new school year that bedtimes can be a stressful time.  That stress can go beyond a child and falling asleep, it could be breaking up couples.  A new report suggests parents with strong opinions on how to tend to infants crying in the night, can cause couples to question each other’s parenting.  The stress may then lead to drifts in the relationship if they feel unsupported in their decision.   Pennsylvania State University study found moms generally have stronger beliefs about how to respond to nighttime crying than fathers, because mothers generally are the ones who tend to an infant at night. So perhaps because the mothers were the more active ones during the night, if they're not feeling supported in their decisions, then it creates more of a drift in the co-parenting relationship.  The report stress the importance of support from both parents in decision-making. It's important to have these conversations early and upfront, so when it's 3 am and the baby's crying, both parents are on the same page about how they're going to respond. Constant communication is really important.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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