The Parenting Thing: Dads Just Do It Differently


OK mom, be honest. Have you ever pushed your partner aside because he didn’t diaper the baby exactly the right way, didn’t make the eggs the way your daughter likes them, didn’t follow the bedtime routine to the letter?

And then did you complain because Dad retreated to the den with the TV remote and didn’t participate with the kids the way you think he should?

According to an article in the New York Times this week, “uninvolved fathers have long been accused of lacking motivation. But research shows that… even as more fathers are changing diapers, dropping the children off at school and coaching soccer, they are often pushed aside in ways large and small.”

It’s easy to disagree on discipline, TV limits — even how to change a diaper. That’s why it’s so important for parents to talk, and for moms to perhaps loosen the reins just a bit and realize that Dad may parent a little differently, but that it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Check out the article and let me know what you think. (This means you, too, dads!)

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3 Responses to “The Parenting Thing: Dads Just Do It Differently”

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  2. sue blaney says:

    Hey Kathy - love the new look of your blog! Very “hip!”

    This article in the NYTimes brings up some great points…Dads and moms don’t parent the same way and their approaches are often complementary. I thought it was interesting in the NYT piece that they pointed out that kids benefit the most when parents work together…that neither moms nor dads get it right by themselves.

    My perspective, as you know is about parenting teenagers, and I have two posts you may find interesting…I too just posted about this article this morning, and in a post or two prior to it I wrote about when moms and dads don’t see eye to eye.

    Enjoy, best wishes and keep up the good work!
    Sue Blaney

  3. Kathy says:

    Sue, thanks for the great comment. I just read your post and I learned a lot! Highly recommend your blog to my readers. I also did a trackback from here to your post. Thx!