more at explaining their needs
to their father.
Moms: tend to actively help their
child find solutions.
Dads: tend to watch the child
and give verbal encouragement
In general, Gibb says moms are like
lifeguards: they strive to keep their
children safe and comfortable.
Dads tend to have a cheerleader
style: they assure children they can
do something and encourage them to
stretch their limits.
Whatever moms’ and dads’
parenting styles, a balance between
the two is what is important. Barker
says one way balance can come
more easily is when parents realize
there’s more than one right way
Many kinds or parents
Kyle Pruett and Marsha Kline Pruett,
the authors of Partnership Parenting,
say partnership parenting is important
to every family structure: male/female,
same sex, biological, adopted or
blended, living together or apart, or with
grandparents or others in a parenting
role. Partnership parenting is a critical
consideration for any two people raising
When adults recognize and work out how
to make the most use of their different
strengths for the benefit of the children,
children learn a variety of approaches to
life, and that makes all the difference.
to change a diaper, comfort a baby
and play in the backyard.
Communicating with each other
is key to understanding the other’s
approach. Put your children’s well-being first when differences arise and
let your partner know that they have
“Different parenting styles have
strengths and value, as long as they
are supporting children’s needs at
each stage of development,”
— Terry Bullick
See the Apple Talks ad below
and Apple’s Facebook page at
more about moms’ and dads’
Moms and dads: same
love, different approach
Learn about the differences in parenting
styles and how they’re important to your
Thursday, June 12 at 6: 30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Suite 225, 200 - 4 Avenue, Lethbridge
Please phone 403-320-4232 to register,
or walk-in at the door.
Part of our Passion for Health campaign, this event can help
you learn more about your and your family’s well-being from
health professionals in your community. All talks are free;