Parenting can take its toll on a couple, there are also some great perks in that role.  No one is ever fully prepared for what becoming a parent will really involve, but you can certainly work at having a better knowledge base by reading and listening to professionals talk about parenting.  Parenting can be extremely challenging from the moment you conceive until your children leave home.   Even after they have left home, there may still be some challenges related to parenting that you will be faced with.  That being said, let’s take a look at some of the ways becoming a parent can actually enhance your marriage and also your individual lives.

1.  Parenting can affect your marriage for the better because you

Parenting is a source of joy and presents many challenges.  The task of being a parent can sometimes be a never-ending tug of war emotionally and physically.  Emotionally there is the need to balance being the “parent” and maintaining control, teaching important lessons, setting boundaries and providing the love and nurture children need.  Physically there is the need to handle all the daily chores, tasks and issues involved in child rearing and managing a household while

Most people would say that they want to raise responsible children. However, they may or may not do that based on their parenting style. There are technically three different parenting styles that we need to look at when we talk about parenting our children.

Parenting is difficult and does not come with a manual. Often we have made decisions about what our parenting will look like based on our own experiences growing up. However, the bottom line is we will parent the way we were parented.


For most couples, becoming parents is a normal part of being married. They have committed to each other in a wedding ceremony and begin their life together as marriage partners. The natural progression of things is to begin a family. The couple believes that they have discussed having children and both are on the same page with it.

There are some fears about parenting but they are ready to take that step. They become very excited about the future and what having children will mean to them

what if your parenting styles collide?

No one ever said that parenting was going to be easy!  We all enter parenting with some fear and trepidation. If you are like me, you probably made a vow to yourself that you would never do some of the things your parents did or one parent did.  The interesting thing is that we usually fall into that mode without realizing it because we will parent, generally, the way we were parented. 

My thing was that I would never be a yeller like my dad.  However, I found myself

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