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

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Da Capo Press, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 219 pages
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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 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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Contents

1 Becoming Parents Together 3
3
2 Cuddling vs the Football Hold 15
15
3 Building a Partnership That Works 35
35
4 Managing Conflict and Fighting Fair 49
49
5 Valuing Your Spouses Contribution 65
65
6 Assumptions and Actions 79
79
PART TWO
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7 Discipline 99
99
9 Coparenting and Sleeping Children 133
133
10 Safety 151
151
11 Education 169
169
For Divorce Prevention 191
191
Ideas About Parenting 199
199
Parental Profile Answers 205
205
Notes 207
207
Index 213
213

8 Care and Feeding 115
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About the author (2009)

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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