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Comparing Your Parenting Style to Your Mother's

The Measure of a Mother: Is the Mom Comparison Inevitable?

Parents learn from their parents. Despite the generational divide, moms and dads often compare the way they are bringing up their children to how they were raised. Whether your mother was the happiest homemaker in the neighborhood or working woman, onlookers often comment on the similarities and differences they see. Do you find yourself doing it too?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
My father was very strict and fully believed in spanking with objects like wooden spoons and tree branches. My mother was very permissive and cried all the time. Being the oldest, I took care of my sibs when my parents were gone, which was most of the time. My husband and I are on the same page with everything, and I am not at all permissive. In my case, I do not parent how I was raised. I look back as a 'what not to do'.
Carri Carri 6 years
My mom and I look exactly alike but we couldn't be any more different personality wise. She is shy, withdrawn and sort of a loner (but extremely smart and career oriented) whereas I am very social, outgoing and more family oriented. I'm my father's daughter, for sure.
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