I am in the last stages of writing a book about the emotional journey of becoming a mother. I am interested in hearing women's stories about many aspects of this journey and many of you have offered your experiences to questions I have posted previously on bonding etc. Thanks you!
The chapter I am currently working on explores the challenges of parenting with a partner. Prior to having a baby we may discuss our parenting styles with our partner and assume that we will be on the same page, yet the reality of caring for a baby or child on a daily basis can suddenly illuminate that there are significant differences. Was this your experience? Did you have a sudden moment when this became clear to you?
For myself I recall one hilarious ( not so at the time) moment when at 2am after our baby had been crying for two hours my husband suddenly became a controlled crying advocate and I found myself saying 'I can't believe you think controlled crying is okay!!' Being 2am and sleep deprived, probably this wasn't the best time to discuss our different parenting styles but it did provide a starting point.
I would love your story - just a few sentences is fine - about how well you and your partner parent together, what are the differences/similarities and how do you work together to stay on the 'same page'? Generally any quotes that i think would be suitable I will quote verbatim in the book as an anonymous quote. If you are not comfortable with this please just let me know in your post.
Thanks again everyone. Your experiences are so much appreciated.