Sharing parental roles reduces stress in the family and enforces consistency in children. Kids rely on their parents being consistent with them and developing a routine.
In my home, it’s super helpful that the hubby takes on the bedtime routine after he comes home from work. I am beat after a long day playing with Ariabella and stimulating her young, eager mind. So when he comes home and gets her ready for bed, it really helps take a load off of my shoulders. This enables me to focus on my writing, which is my way of relaxing.
Sharing Parental Roles Gives Your Spouse “Me Time”
While an hour or two here and there used to seem like no big deal before we had Ariabella, now having a mere 10 minutes of free time is a huge relief. Making sure that we are sharing parental roles helps both mom and dad.
The more you’re a team the better it is for your relationship and for your children. I know of some families where one parent does almost all the work, which sucks. If one person is taking on almost all of the responsibility with kids, you might as well be a single parent.
Sharing Parental Roles & Bonding With Your Child
I’m fortunate to not have that type of situation and am grateful that the hubby helps out and takes an active role in raising our daughter. Sharing parental roles makes a big difference in the child, too. Our daughter is used to daddy giving her a bath, getting her ready for bed and reading to her.
She’s also the first to let us know if we fall out of that routine, which makes it a challenge when the hubby has to leave town for work. Thankfully that’s only several times a year. And we have been lucky enough to be able to travel with him a couple of times.
I believe our teamwork and sharing parental roles is one reason why our daughter is so happy and well adjusted.