When it comes to parenting behaviors, daughters are likely to follow in their mother's footsteps in the areas of discipline, affection and praising their children, according to HealthDay.
Ohio State University conducted a nationwide survey on parenting in 1979 and followed up more recently with the next generation's young parents. They found that women, more often then men, will closely follow the parenting habits of their own mothers -- specifically in the amount of discipline, affection and reading with their children.
Interestingly, fathers did not follow these patterns or their mothers as closely. Jonathan Vespa, co-author of the study, commented on this finding."We were surprised that mothers seem to learn a lot about the parenting role from their own mothers, but fathers don't follow their mothers as much. There was good reason to expect that fathers would have learned parenting from their mothers."
"We really need to learn a lot more about how fathers learn to parent," Vespa added.