Unite your family and bring more unity and joy to your parenting.
The Teamwork Parenting Approach
The Teamwork Parenting Approach is a new style of parenting developed by Real Life Families Founder, Former Teacher, and Mother of 3, Christine Leeb. It equips parents with powerful Teamwork Tools and encourages them to:
- team with God
- team with their spouse (for single parents—teachers, pastors, other relatives, etc.)
- and team with their kids
There are 2 main goals of the Teamwork Parenting Approach:
- Build strong family teams
- Build close positive relationships with our kids
The Teamwork Parenting Approach and the Teamwork Parenting Tools focus on 4 main pillars that equip parents to stay:
in any real-life parenting moment.
This world needs stronger, better, closer families! And every kid needs to know that they belong and that they are significant in their families. Apply these Teamwork Parenting Tools today!
My Real-Life Parenting Story
I would cry every night. I would beat myself up over and over for the mistakes I had made throughout the day. I would yell, spank, give timeouts, and cry some more. I was losing my mind!!!! And my kids were losing theirs. Nothing I was doing was working. I felt like a failure. Every. single. day. I was so frustrated! This is not how I pictured family-life at all!!!!!
I was a teacher for 11 years before becoming a parent and I had so much training from my classes and student teaching. I had so much wisdom from administrators and support staff observing me and giving me pointers and helpful tips…all to help me to be a better science teacher! But when I became a parent…NOTHING! What the heck???
I knew the kind of parent I wanted to be. I could picture it in my mind, but when my kids would push my buttons, tick me off, throw huge fits, or disobey, I was at a loss. My authoritarian side would kick in which would only make matters worse, break trust with my kids, and then make me feel guilty and even more frustrated. I just didn’t know what to do. I was scrambling for ideas and tools. But honestly, I felt lost. And don’t even get me started on how overwhelming the internet and all those parenting articles can be!!
I knew the positive impact I wanted to make on my children, but I was just falling short every day. There had to be a better way. But what did that look like? I had no clue. But I was determined to make some changes. I was not creating the strong family or close relationships that I desperately desired. I knew that my parenting would affect my kids for the rest of their lives. I cried on the steps at night A LOT asking God for His wisdom and His help and for His direction on the steps forward I needed to take.
And slowly, I learned. I prayed. I made changes. I took classes. I read books. I did research. I got trained. I used my education and experiences as a teacher and administrator, and came up with tools I could use that would respect my authority as the parent while still respecting my child. I unlocked the cooperative, relationship-building teacher I once was and applied those techniques into my parenting and they were working. FINALLY!
I knew I couldn’t be the only one that thought parenting was SO HARD! So I wanted to help other parents too. And that’s what I did, and that’s what I’m doing. Through Real Life Families and the Teamwork Parenting Approach, I hope to equip every parent with the tools they need to build a strong family team and a close, positive relationship with their kids—even in the messiest, craziest, hardest real-life moments that real life brings.
We’re in this together and I’m here to help!