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August 30th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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JM has an article about how women tend to parent similarly to their own mothers. Since baby signing is a parenting tool, I felt that this was a somewhat relevant discussion.

What do you think? Do you parent similarly to your mother? Are you ever surprised at the similarities or differences between you and your mother when it comes to parenting????

Oh, and please, this is not a debate about parenting styles, it is just a discussion. Let's play nice (everyone here always does, but I feel I need a disclaimer LOL)

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August 31st, 2009, 01:42 AM
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I think the article is probably accurate in most cases, but my mother's and my own parenting styles are very different. I was raised in a very traditional/authoritarian household, but I raise my kids in a very attachment parenting household.

My mother wouldn't have attempted baby signing; however, she is starting to come around to my views of parenthood on some issues, and she has even attempted to do a few signs with Caoimhe on several different occasions.

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August 31st, 2009, 11:58 AM
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My mom and my parenting styles are different but similar in some ways. I'm not as strict as my mom was however i do think that although children need their independence they also need to follow simple rules of the house. My mom was kind of the type of mom where children were to be seen and not heard. I'm not like that, i enjoy playing with my kids and trying to dig out my own imagination. I want to be the type of parent my kids think is cool and feel they can come to if they have something to talk about, no matter what. I want there to be a mutual respect between us. My mom would never sign and thought it was only for the deaf and sometimes still does but she always changes it. She hasn't seen sebastian sign yet but she was starting to open up with actually doing some sign to him because she realized he understood. When she comes to visit i want her to see how far he's come and see that yes even though he doesn't talk yet he can communicate, it makes our life so much easier.
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August 31st, 2009, 03:07 PM
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I'm surprised to say that I think my mom and I parent very similarly. There are a lot of differences, obviously, but the same basic principles of parenting are there. There are times when I think my mom will disagree with something that I'm doing, and it turns out that she did the same thing.

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