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Parenting Styles: How are you and your spouse different?

Not many people I know aspire, if they can help it, to be a single parent. But one of the difficulties many of us face in parenting, is actually coordinating child care with another person. Moms and Dads do things differently. To say the least.

As a stay-at-home-mom, in particular, I feel I have a good handle on the kids, their activities and their preferences. Sadly, though, this often presents itself as criticism toward my husband if he isn’t you know, pouring the milk the right way.

If I were parenting alone, there would probably be no children playing barefoot in the yard in winter or scooter riding without helmets.

But there would also be no one prodding the kids so insistently to do things for themselves, no one to make them chocolate chip oatmeal on weekend mornings and no one to help them explore tidepools for hours at the beach.

The kids are lucky to have two parents with differing ideas and tastes. They’ll get more out of life that way, learn to navigate unique personalities. And learn who to ask for more chocolate chips during cartoon time on Saturdays.

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