Raising a child is a challenging experience. The old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” takes on a whole new meaning when a couple becomes parents for the first time. A child can survive in a single parent household, but most child psychologists agree that it is in the best interest of a child for both parents to divvy up the responsibilities of parenting and actively participate in raising their child.
Children Benefit from Co-Parenting
Children, whose parents help one another and take on the shared responsibility in all household and parenting duties, are likely to become better adjusted, happier, and healthier adults than children who have one parent that solely takes on the majority of child care in the home. Whether it is a simple task of packing your cute diaper tote, or cleaning up a spill, your child is watching and learning from your behavior.
Social and Psychological Benefits
Children benefit, both socially and psychologically, from having both parents participate in child-rearing. They learn how to communicate and resolve conflict, as well as many other useful skills, from how their parents handle parenting and other household responsibilities. Children will learn from and practice these skills throughout their lives, so it is important to set a good example early on.
Young Children Are Very Impressionable
Children are like sponges. They soak up everything they can touch, see, or hear and form their own beliefs and understandings from watching others interact with one another. From the time they are born, children begin to learn and mimic the behaviors of their parents and other close family members.
When a child is young, it is important for them to witness the benefits of the successful teamwork between his or her parents in order to apply those same skills in their own life. The way mom and dad behave and communicate with one another, as well as others, will make an impression on the child at an early age.
For parents to be successful at sharing the responsibility of having a child, it is important to build a strong relationship and form teamwork. If one parent sees the other struggling, he or she should step in and help, if possible, in order to balance some of the stress of parenting out between both partners. It is important for parents to be on the same page and work to communicate effectively in order to avoid conflict, which can cause more damage than good to a child’s emotional health.