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  1. Amy says:

    I certainly think you need to pick your battles … but, I also think that if one parent says ‘no’ then the other has to abide by that … it is hard though, because the kids learn to get a little sneaky and try to pull the wool over the other parents eyes! Good Luck 🙂

  2. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  3. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  4. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  5. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  6. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  7. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  8. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  9. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  10. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  11. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  12. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  13. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  14. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  15. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  16. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  17. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  18. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  19. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  20. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  21. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  22. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  23. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  24. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  25. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  26. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  27. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  28. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  29. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  30. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  31. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  32. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  33. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  34. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  35. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  36. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  37. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  38. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  39. Stace&Lis says:

    I lean toward the Mike style of parenting, though I also agree about picking battles. Our key is to WIN every battle, but choose in advance if it’s going to be a battle. IE, if it’s not a big deal, don’t make it one – say yes. But once we say “do this” or “don’t do that,” we HAVE to win. Fight to the end, even if it wasn’t a big deal, so they understand that the parent’s authority is not to be messed with! And, have to say, Stace would have a HUGE problem if I sided with kid over him, to the kid’s face. We’ve had that situation too! Ugggh. Not fun.

  40. scrappyjacky says:

    I don’t think the argument was really over the sandwich…..it was about him feeling undermined by you….I do feel parents have to back each other up [even if you don’t really agree] because otherwise kids will always try and undermine one parent by going to the other….and will never accept “no”.
    If I really strongly disagree with a decision my husband has taken….I’ll discuss it later with him away from the kids.
    Good luck.

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