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As two people from different backgrounds come together in a marriage, they may have different habits, routines, perspectives, and opinions. Parenting as a team means discussing differences and creating a united front.

In “How to—Be a Team in Marriage and Parenting,” experts provide some suggestions on becoming more united as parents. Professor Erin Holmes feels it’s important to let your spouse know you appreciate them at the end of a long day. Being able say “I’m grateful for your help” or “I’m glad we can work together on this” goes a long way. Expressing appreciation helps both spouses grow closer and feel hopeful and motivated.

Professor Loren Marks extols the virtues of perseverance and commitment in family life. After a hard day, he says we should “start by getting up the next morning and trying it again.” Life will never be perfect, but we can find joy by doing our best each day and not being too hard on ourselves when things aren’t going as smoothly as we’d like.

Finding balance

Part of being a parenting team is helping each other meet the demands of work life, home life, and other duties. When we try to balance all these needs, we might end up feeling like we’re failing at everything. In the video “How to—Achieve Balance between Work Life and Family Life,” Holmes suggests that it’s better to seek for harmony rather than balance.

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