Thursday, July 5, 2012

It is not everyday that I get to publish a guest post but I did agree to this one as the topic rings true. Read on...

Watch just about any 1960s family sitcom rerun and you'll find a dad who works all day in an office and a mom who stays home and takes care of the house and kids — a reflection of the middle-class society of the day. Fast-forward 50 years and nearly 60 percent of married couples have two working parents. This trend, coupled with higher unemployment rates, means that more dads than ever are taking an increasingly active role in child-rearing, whether out of necessity, increased availability or both.

It's not uncommon these days to see dads at the playground or at daycare drop-off and pick-up. And while the number of stay-at-home fathers is still quite small — only 3.4 percent of all stay-at-home parents in 2011, according to a Boston College study — it has nearly doubled in the past decade. While dads are more involved than ever in their children's daily lives, moms are still the primary caregivers in most families, and children benefit from having two parents who are highly engaged in their upbringing.

There is little dispute that fathers and mothers have vastly different parenting styles. As a general rule, dads tend to be more laid back and less fearful than moms about letting their children explore and make mistakes. Fathers also tend to be more boisterous and physical in their play.

When parents accept the differences in their styles and don't criticize one another for their parenting choices, their children tend to be more patient and have better relationships with their peers. James McHale, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida led a study involving more than 200 new parents and found that moms and dads can learn a lot from one another, which ultimately benefits their children by having two more well-equipped parents.


Authors Biography: Briana Kelly has over 5 years experience writing articles and speaking about the subject of childcare and parenting. She regularly works on behalf of childcare centres in Dublin.

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Posted by desperateblogger On 7/05/2012 06:15:00 PM 1 comment

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  1. Well discussed topic. You have dealt with the importance of parents and Their Involvement with Children. Thanks for posting.

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