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Are mothers better parents than fathers?

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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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tonyaalves3 on August 16, 2013:

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

ConvenientCalendar on May 12, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 05, 2013:

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. :)

nanafisher on March 25, 2013:

great lens, helpful and I will pass it on.

nanafisher on March 25, 2013:

great lens, helpful and I will pass it on.

infoprogirl on December 01, 2012:

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.

infoprogirl on December 01, 2012:

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.

JennyBentle on October 23, 2012:

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

KandDMarketing on August 05, 2012:

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.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 31, 2012:

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

pawpaw911 on July 25, 2012:

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.

Jan 1980 on July 19, 2012:

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.

Indigo Janson from UK on July 14, 2012:

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!

OrganicMom247 on June 08, 2012:

Great topic for discussion.

samsipet on May 23, 2012:

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

ercramer36 on April 09, 2012:

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.

jordanmilesbask on March 28, 2012:

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

Wedding Mom on March 15, 2012:

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

anonymous on February 11, 2012:

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 on January 09, 2012:

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

Spook LM on June 15, 2011:

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.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 09, 2011:

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.

LouisaDembul on December 13, 2010:

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.

irenemaria from Sweden on October 17, 2010:

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

lasertek lm on May 17, 2010:

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.

sheriangell on May 02, 2010:

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!

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on May 01, 2010:

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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inkserotica on April 29, 2010:

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