Have you been mom-blocked?

United States
June 16, 2007 7:44am CST
Have you heard the concept of the mom block? Recently mom-blocking was exposed on the Today Show, and it basically happens when a man becomes a full time stay at home dad. The idea is that guys can be just as good of a parent as moms. Well, sort of! Full time stay at home dads often bring a unique parenting style and unusual techniques for getting the kids to cooperate. Sometimes that means threatening to cancel a birthday party or Christmas gifts if they don't get cooperation. Most moms would never think to use these sorts of manipulations. But, that doesn't mean these ideas don't work. These unconventional parenting techniques often cause friction with the mom, who feels her spouse should take a more textbook approach to child rearing. Don't get me wrong, I think Dads can make great parents, but noone will ever replace a mom for tender loving care. And, if moms take issue with a spouses parenting techniques, maybe it's simply because we do really know better. Women have been doing the job many thousands of years longer than the male of the species, so we tend to know what's right and what really won't work. What do you think? Can a Dad ever learn the proper parenting techniques and use them just as well, if not better than a mom?
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@sodapop (977)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I was a stay at home mom, and my daughter loves me, but she likes her attention she gets from her dad, so she calls herself a "daddy's girl". She likes the smile on his face he gets when she said that, plus she gets to tease me at the same time. But let me tell you, if she gets hurt or is sick, she wants her mom, not her dad. She has always been around me, so I understand that she loves the attention from her dad. Now that she is older, she's still a daddy's girl, only when mom is mad at her and she goes to dad for support...LOL...she knows how to work it! Most teenagers do.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I'm afraid that mine already does that, too! She knows that mommy is the ogre that won't let her have candy or stay up all night, but Daddy will let her have anything she wants. Guess it's the pre-assigned parental roles.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
5 Jul 07
You make a lot of good points. It is true that women have taken this role on for a lot longer than men. However, society is changing rapidly. More women are working and more men are staying home with their children. Men have the ability to bond and raise their children just as well as women in my humble opinion. I know my girls are certainly not lacking there. cheers,
• Canada
5 Jul 07
I don't have children yet, and I don't plan to have children either, but this sounded like an interesting discussion so I thought I'd check it out and jump in. As far as my fiance and I are concerned a child has two parents, and if one has the time to stay at home all day every day with the children, that is good. It really doesn't matter which one, because parents are in the parenting business together.