Tonight (9:30 E.S.T) I have the honor of being on Co-Parenting Matters to talk about how my brother Marc and I go about our version of a design it as you go, co-parenting relationship. A little over a year ago, I wrote about the topic here on Mama C, and over at Moms of Hue (now We of Hue). I am super excited to be able to talk about the path we are blazing here in our own way. A sibling co-parenting model is not often talked about in this society to my knowledge. But I can see that this would be a direction more families work towards as economic and environmental benefits of co-housing and co-parenting become more appealing to many. I would love to know if others have seen one in action, currently or historically?
I imagine that we have evolved a bit since last yer when I wrote those pieces. Probably much of what we do looks the same too. (If the boys were older I’d love to have them on too.) Marc and I checked in the other night on what we both think co-parenting means. He had some great thoughts and insights that I had never considered. A few of the topics we hope to cover tonight include:
Why and when did I decide to formally enlist my brother as a co-parent? What is different about your arrangement now than before you made this decision?
Do our parenting styles differ? And how have our roles evolved/changed over time?
How do the kids benefit from our co-parenting partnership?
What challenges do we face as co-parents? How do we manage conflict?
If you can listen in do, otherwise, stop by here in a few days when I figure out how to embed it. Just for the record I asked Marc do take the boys out this morning for a few hours so I could post, I mean rest. There was a lot of waking going on around here last night due to stuffed up noses, accidents, and scary dreams. Lights out for mommy (and sister) for a little nap…