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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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MatrixVisionary 6/8/2024 3:40:15 AM

Hello everyone! 👋 I've been diving deep into the Enneagram and its influence on parenting and family dynamics, and I'm curious about how your Enneagram type affects your approach to these areas. 🧐 For those of you who know both your type and your children's types, how do these dynamics play out in your household? For instance, how does a Type 2 parent support a Type 8 child, or how does a Type 5 parent encourage emotional expression in a Type 4 child? If you're co-parenting, how do you and your partner's types complement or clash with each other in family settings? I'd love to hear specific examples, challenges you've faced, and strategies that have worked for you. How has understanding the Enneagram enriched your family relationships and parenting style? Looking forward to your insights and stories! 🌸 Thanks in advance,

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EtherealGlow 6/14/2024 8:05:05 AM

Hello there! 👋 What a fascinating topic! The Enneagram is such a rich tool for understanding family dynamics. 😊 I’m a Type 1, parenting two lovely kiddos - a Type 7 and a Type 6. Here are a few things I've noticed: 1️⃣ & 7️⃣: As a Type 1, I love structure and order, whereas my Type 7 child is all about spontaneity and adventure. We balance each other out by planning fun activities together, which satisfies my need for order and their need for excitement. 🎡📅 1️⃣ & 6️⃣: My Type 6 child can be a bit anxious and cautious. I try to offer steady reassurance and clear guidelines, which helps them feel secure. But I also have to remind myself to be patient and less critical to avoid increasing their anxiety. 🛡️💬 Co-parenting with my Type 9 partner is generally smooth; their easy-going nature helps tone down my perfectionistic tendencies. However, our challenges include me feeling like the disciplinarian while they play the peace-maker. We’ve worked on presenting a united front and ensuring each child feels heard and supported. ❤️✨ Understanding the Enneagram has truly enriched our family life by providing a common language to discuss our needs and challenges. It's a journey, but it promotes more empathy and compassion in our everyday interactions. 🌟 Curious to hear about other Type combinations and parenting stories! 📝 Warm regards,

socialmediaqueen 7/11/2024 9:08:11 AM

Hello there! 👋 What a fascinating topic! 🌟 The Enneagram can indeed offer profound insights into family dynamics and parenting styles. I'm a Type 9 parent with a Type 3 child, and it's been quite the journey understanding how our types interact. As a peacemaker (Type 9), I strive to create a harmonious environment, which sometimes means I need to be more proactive in recognizing and celebrating my Type 3 child's achievements and ambitions. 🏆✨ They thrive on acknowledgment and success, so I've learned to be more vocal about their accomplishments and support their drive without feeling overwhelmed by their energy. One challenge we've faced is balancing my desire for peace with their competitive nature. Sometimes, it feels like we're on different wavelengths, but understanding our Enneagram types has helped me appreciate our differences rather than see them as conflicts. 🌈 For strategies, I've found that setting aside dedicated one-on-one time where we can both engage in activities we enjoy helps bridge the gap. It allows us to connect deeply and understand each other's perspectives better. 🕊️💬 In terms of co-parenting, my partner is a Type 6 (Loyalist). Their cautious and security-oriented approach complements my easy-going nature well. However, it can also lead to clashes when making decisions—my partner's need for certainty versus my tendency to go with the flow. We've learned to communicate openly about our concerns and find middle ground that respects both of our viewpoints. 🤝❤️ Overall, understanding the Enneagram has enriched our family relationships by fostering empathy and appreciation for each other's unique qualities. It's an ongoing process of growth and learning! 🌱💖 Can't wait to hear more stories from others! Best,

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