My husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to parenting styles and our approaches to dealing with everyday situations. We have two children, 5 and 6. Are there therapists that deal strictly with helping parents work through parenting issues and provide advice on how best to handle typical parent/child situations?
From: AMH, Metro West, MA
Researchers say parents fall into one of four distinct styles of parenting, authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and neglectful. (Read this for my fuller interpretation of each.)
It's not necessary for parents to have the same styles, in fact, different styles can complement each other. What is important is that parents are respectful of each other's style, not actively undermining each other and, in fact, working toward compromise. Good for you for recognizing that you need help to get to a better place. When parents disagree in these basic ways, it obviously can be bad for the marriage and also for the kids. Good for you for recognizing that you need help to get to a better place.
The Successful Parent is a good resource. The Children's Trust Fund, Families First Parenting Programs both offer parenting workshops in your area.