Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently--and How It Can Help Your Kids and Your Marriage

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Men and women not only have naturally different communication styles, but unique approaches to parenting as well. While mothers tend to overprotect their kids, fathers tend to push them toward independence. And whereas many experts tend to advocate “a united front,” Drs. Kyle and Marsha Pruett reveal how Mom and Dad not always being on exactly the same page— which, initially, may seem to cause conflict— can actually strengthen the whole family.

Informed by the Pruetts’ research ...

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Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently--Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage

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Overview

Men and women not only have naturally different communication styles, but unique approaches to parenting as well. While mothers tend to overprotect their kids, fathers tend to push them toward independence. And whereas many experts tend to advocate “a united front,” Drs. Kyle and Marsha Pruett reveal how Mom and Dad not always being on exactly the same page— which, initially, may seem to cause conflict— can actually strengthen the whole family.

Informed by the Pruetts’ research and extensive experience with parents and children, Partnership Parenting offers a new outlook. In addition to fascinating biological insights, the book features strategies for negotiating common “landmine situations” from birth to age eight, from discipline and bedtime to helping kids with homework and teaching them responsibility.

With wisdom and humor, Partnership Parenting helps couples take advantage of their individual strengths to raise confident children while simultaneously improving their marriage.

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Editorial Reviews

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Blogcritics.org, 10/9
“The authors are experienced in parenting both from personal and professional perspectives. This book is a good read…For the curious reader, the research and examples will be welcome background to support the recommendations the authors propose… Overall, the authors do an excellent job of holding mothers and fathers equally accountable for parenting, identifying gendered differences, and presenting tools for creating a parenting partnership, which works in excellent fashion to serves the needs of the child(ren)…Expectant parents, new parents, and parents in second families will find this book particularly useful as a tool to understand their similarities and differences in parenting and work together to build a parenting partnership.”

Tuscon Citizen, “Shelf Life” blog, 10/12
“Provides parents with the information they need to strengthen family life at all levels.”

InfoDad.com, 10/29/09
“The book’s suggestions for managing conflict, handling discipline effectively, and finding ways to strengthen the parental bond even when two people approach child-rearing differently, are certainly worth considering—and may make it easier to develop a family structure that works better for children and adults alike.”

Midwest Book Review
“From rules for negotiation to appreciating a partner's contributions, this is packed with case histories, quizzes, questions and solutions to common co-parenting issues. Any parent's library needs this.”

Work & Family Life, February 2010
“Describe[s] how men and women naturally parent differently and what can be gained from each approach…With wisdom and humor, Partnership Parenting will help both of you take advantage of your individual strengths to stay connected and confidently raise children together.”

Family Therapy, Winter 2010
“The authors reveal how men and women naturally parent differently—and what can be gained by both approaches…Partnership Parenting offers couples distinctly balanced ways to deal with everyday situations, from bedtime and feeding to discipline and schooling.”

New York Family, April 2010
“Explore[s] the different qualities that men and women bring to child-rearing, and how couples can combine their individual strengths in order to co-parent successfully.”

MensNewsDaily.com, 5/20/10
“An engaging and excellent book on gender differences in parenting…Shows that realization of the sexes’ complementary strengths can help foster a deep appreciation of the other parent, which can only serve to fortify the fabric of a partnership…The authors clearly care deeply about supporting parents’ and children’s well-being. Don’t miss this fabulous work!”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213262
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 277,374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyle Pruett, MD, a child psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center, is an award-winning author.

Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, MSL, a professor at Smith College, has done landmark research on co-parenting.

They live in Northampton, Massachusetts, with their children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1

1 Becoming Parents Together: Life B.C. (before Children) and A.C. (after Children) 3

2 Cuddling vs. the Football Hold: Why Parenting Differences Are Not Deficiencies 15

3 Building a Partnership That Works: The Relationship Is the Solution, Not the Problem 35

4 Managing Conflict and Fighting Fair: The Dynamics of Healthy Disagreement 49

5 Valuing Your Spouse's Contribution: So Glad I Chose You 65

6 Assumptions and Actions: What Grown-ups Do and Don't Know About Raising Kids 79

Part 2

7 Discipline: "Wait'til Your Father Gets Home!" 99

8 Care and Feeding: Keeping Your Child Healthy in Body and Mind 115

9 Co-parenting and Sleeping Children: Learning to Be on One's Own 133

10 Safety: From Within and Without 151

11 Education: The Co-parenting Foundation to Lifelong Learning 169

12 Epilogue: For Divorce Prevention: Keeping the Parenting Partnership First So It Lasts 191

Appendix A Ideas About Parenting 199

Appendix B Parental Profile Answers 205

Notes 207

Index 213

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    Great For New Parents

    I became a mother 2 months ago, and have already found this book the be more help than I could ever have imagined. It has taught me to accept help from those around me, and more importantly is showing me the value of how my husband parents our son. It has allowed me to breathe a little easier when things aren't happening exactly as I would like, or exactly the way I would do them myself. Definitely worth a read for any parent, especially new parents or parents of young children.

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