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“Help Has No Fury… A new study says the more Dad pitches in with the kids, the more annoyed Mom gets.”

This is what I read while skimming through May’s issue of Parenting. No way… I have never heard any of my girl friends vent that her husband is helping too much with the kids. Parenting must have it wrong, I had to keep reading.

“…a recent study published in Developmental Psychology observed the co-parenting practices of 112 couples over the course of a year. The results showed that when fathers participated in the caregiving of their child, it led to increased conflict between Mom and Dad.”

Then I thought about it. How many times have I told my husband “just let me change the diaper, I do it faster”. Or maybe redid something that he just did that was not up to my standard. So which one is it? Do we get mad because our husbands don’t help enough or do we get mad because they don’t help the way we would do it? 

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Comment by Angie Hoffman on August 12, 2011 at 9:38am
Michael, your response is alway welcome! 
Comment by Michael McCauley on August 3, 2011 at 3:11pm
I can understand the article in Parenting.  As one of the few guys on Meridian Momtourage, I wasn't sure if I should comment! :-)  However, I now tend to help out with the things that result in me doing it too slow or the wrong way.  I wash the dishes, clean yardwork, etc, but stay away from the laundry, as I tend to wash some things the wrong way - without realizing it of course!
Comment by Hackensack Meridian Health on August 3, 2011 at 9:35am
Dad pitching in is always good.  Great post Angie!
Comment by Nicole Aikins on August 2, 2011 at 10:03pm
I hear where Parenting is coming from. While I want more help, I'd rather have the help in washing the dishes or putting away the laundry. I get a bit crazed on the way my daughter's diaper is changed, or how her hair is combed. Insane, I know, but somehow, it works for me. I guess I really do want it all!


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