Knowing when to back down when you disagree about parenting

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Knowing when to back down when you disagree about parenting

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Often as parents we find that our partner does not have the same parenting style that we have, or the same approach to resolving a problem that I may have. That presents a real challenge. Again, communication and teamwork is critical. But when it comes to this, it often creates tension between the partners. And you have to sit down and talk honestly and fairly with each other about what you agree and disagree on. The hardest thing to do is listen in that circumstances. And listening will help you and your partner understand what your strengths are in parenting and what your partner's strengths are. And you have to be willing to step up when a situation arises when you know your partner is weak in responding to that situation. And your partner has to realize that the reason you're stepping up is because their reaction may not be a positive one at that time. It's communication. It's teamwork. And it's honestly evaluating what you can do effectively as a parent and what you don't do effectively as a parent.

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Timothy J. Wheeler, the managing partner of the law firm Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP.  He has extensive trial experience in a variety of areas including product liability, general negligence and auto product liability. Tim was named the Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. He was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), for his outstanding trial record and involvement and commitment to consumer rights. Tim is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (J.D., 1978), Tim attended Santa Clara University (BS, cum laude, Political Science, 1975), and was a recipient of the Jesuit Scholarship. While at Loyola High School, Tim's excellence in all areas of student life was recognized by the faculty, which bestowed upon him The Loyola Award. Tim and his wife Nancy reside in Manhattan Beach,  have been married for 37 years and have four adult children, Matt, Tim, Danny, and Mary and two grandchildren, Lily and Grace. 

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