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Why is it Necessary to Establish Responsibilities in Parenting Contracts?

By Edited Jul 9, 2016 1 1

One of the biggest benefits of a parenting contract is that it eliminates ambiguity

everything is crystal clear so that everyone knows exactly where they stand and what is expected of them.

In parenting contracts when the parents are working together to create one parenting style, it is very important that the responsibilities are clearly outlined – of both parents and the teen as well. This is even more crucial in situations where parents are separated, so that the teen can have a consistent and predictable parenting situation.

What Responsibilities Should be Included in Parenting Contracts?
This depends largely on what kind of parenting contract it is; it could be a behavior contract, a cell phone use contract or even a driving contract! It’s important that the responsibilities are relevant to the particular contract. Many parents often consider what responsibilities they expect the teen to take on, but they rarely think about their responsibilities to their teens. It can be a great idea to incorporate some responsibilities for you into the contract with your teen, so it feels less like an attack on your teen and more like you’re working together as a team to make things better around the home.

How to Create a Parenting Contract When Parents Have Split
If you and your partner have split up or divorced, you will be facing many challenges in parenting your teen, especially if you have different views. Sitting down together and creating a parenting contract and parenting plan is a great way to ensure that you are both working together, despite being apart. A number of changes are happening to teens; both in their bodies and in their social lives, and throwing a separation into the mix can be really challenging. By creating a parenting contract you can clearly outline how parenting will be done in both homes, so that your teen can understand what to expect.

The contract can exclude the teen’s responsibly around both homes,  as well as the parents responsibilities to the teen. Having them down on paper and signed by all parties is a great way to ensure a little more consistency in parenting styles. Without isolating the responsibilities of the parents and teens, many families struggle to work together as a unified team. If responsibilities are not delegated, often one parent ends up doing so much of the house upkeep and care that they become stressed and overwhelmed. By setting up a parenting contract, you can set clear expectations and ensure that everyone is helping around the home.
Are you parenting as a single parent? Have you found a parenting contract helpful in ensuring that there is some consistency in the parenting between both parents?



Jan 11, 2013 9:36pm
Interesting article. Isn't it sad, though, that some parents find it necessary to enter into a contract with their children? Surely, a loving relationship with mutual understanding and respect is better. Do pieces of signed paper really improve family harmony? Just my personal thoughts.
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