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Are mothers better parents than fathers?

Updated on August 23, 2017

Are mothers better parents than fathers?

The word mother is synonymous to someone who feeds, cares, nurtures and protects. A mother will go to all ends to keep her young from harm's way.This is true for all animals where the maternal instinct is believed to be hard-wired to the brain. Mothers, with a higher level of the hormone, oxytocin, during pregnancy, exhibit a stronger bonding between mother and child. Children reach out more to their mothers than to their fathers. It may be because the mother spends more time with the child. Women naturally show emotion while men keep their feelings to themselves. Does this mean the mother have better parenting skills?

In many societies, mothers are destined to be the caregivers and fathers, the breadwinners and disciplinarians. However, in this day and age, the norm has changed due to social, cultural, and economic climate. Many households have both parents working; some have single moms or single dads; widowed husbands with children or widowed mothers with children; others are adoptive parents; single dads with daughters.

Do you think mothers are better parents than fathers?

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A Parent's lament

If I had my child to raise all over again,

I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.

I would do less correcting and more connecting.

I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I'd do more hugging and less tugging.

~Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"

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Are mothers better parents than fathers or vice versa?

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      I think both parents play an equal part. Yes there more fatherless families but that does mean that the mother is the better parent.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I would say generally yes, because most families are Fatherless compared to motherless!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got to thinking of my own parents and really could not come up with who would have been the better parent there. I like the Parent's Lament....I think that is pretty true for all of us....the could've, would've should've stuff we can't change now...but we tried and meant to do better. :)

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      nanafisher 4 years ago

      great lens, helpful and I will pass it on.

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      nanafisher 4 years ago

      great lens, helpful and I will pass it on.

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      infoprogirl 5 years ago

      I think the answer to this question would vary from individual to individual, based on their upbringing and the involvement of each parent. Nice lens.

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      infoprogirl 5 years ago

      I think the answer to this question would vary from individual to individual, based on their upbringing and the involvement of each parent. Nice lens.

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      JennyBentle 5 years ago

      I think it just depends on the parenting skills of either the mother or father.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Interesting. I know that biology plays a certain part, unless one or the other parent is "broken" or absent, however, as I voted above, both parents are equally endowed with the ability to care and nurture.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Most interesting presentation. Thanks for sharing and sparking some discussion! ;-)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Well, in my lifetime, I have seen example of both genders being very good parents, and both genders being very bad parents.

      It is such a sad thing when you see a child in a home with a bad parent of either gender. It just makes you want to give them a hug and make it all better, but sadly, we just can't make it all better.

      I have raised 3 sons, and I know it isn't an easy job. I know my boys made me want to pull my hair out a few times.

      Loved "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again" above.

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      I think that mother and fathers are same in that case.For some think child need just mother and for some just father.When you combine both of it you get success.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Ah, the captcha isn't playing nice with me today. Here's what I tried to write in the debate above, only it wouldn't let me:

      It depends on the individual. I think women tend to have more of a nurturing instinct but then that's no hard and fast rule. Fathers don't always get the credit they deserve, maybe because there are also way too many terrible and absentee fathers letting the side down. So here's to all the fantastic fathers out there!

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Great topic for discussion.

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      samsipet 5 years ago

      Good question, and I think it all depends on each person.

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      ercramer36 5 years ago

      Both are equally important. If mothers were the only important parent, the inner cities would be examples of peace and tranquility. Fathers are vital to the development of a child.

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      It really depends on the family.. But I believe that both parents are doing their best..

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Nice lens. This is a very interesting read, I think both parents play an important part.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As a single dad and victim of Domestic Violence, I have to say that men definitely have the potential to be just as good if not better than a woman at parenting.

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      Vallygems1 6 years ago

      It very much depends on a lot of factors. Social, Cultural, Economic, etc. Some kids in some societies are brought up by neither

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      A long time ago I used to think that this was hogswash, now however, in balance I think it is very true. Terrific lens for a debate.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      there is this really interesting recent study out there about the family dynamic differences when the dad stays home and mom works vs the opposite.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Interesting discussion! Most important is that children feel loved by both parents, if they are around. Even if one spends more time at home than the other, both are necessary.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      What ever is the case. My strong believe is that the child needs both of them.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I do believe that both the mother and father are good parents. One cannot outweigh the role of another because their responsibilities combined help kids become whole.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I think that the question isn't necessarily gender specific, but rather a persons character and beliefs that determines whether they are good parents. A great lens about the most difficult and rewarding job ever!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great lens! I believe the best parents are mother and father together, united in parenting, each with their different skills and abilities to add, hopefully making a total package. But we all have to learn parenting - it's a challenge whether you're a mother or a father!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Thank you for making my day with your lens greeting. I also took your advice and added a voting plexo.

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Yoohoo from a Squidoo Greeter! Good lens with some very useful facts and information. 5*