biological differences between the sexes

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biological differences between the sexes
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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 4:03pm

Do you acknowledge any biological difference between the sexes when it comes to childrearing? (apart from the obvious pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding)


Is the relationship between a mother and her child unique, in terms of being different than the relationship a father has with his children, in enough cases that one could generalize and say that it is?


Do SAHDs parent in a way that is different than moms?

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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 10:17pm

Good luck with that. I had/have a really bad relationship with my dad. And now thinking about it, it began really early on when he acted like

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 6:41am

I wish more respondents had answered the part of the question about who does your DC call if your child is sick, yourself or your DH?

Of what relevance would that answer be? How does who the DCP contacts determine who (or whether) the child is most closely bonded? Aren't parents able to call each other at work in the event of the DCP calling about a sick child? Aren't the discussions/plans as to who will take care of the issue between the parents and NOT a matter for the DCP to decide/determine by means of whom she called?

In my case, my DCP called me because I had a line that she could call that was not long distance for her. I also had a line where I could call the ex and it wasn'tlong distance to him. But he had no number where the DCP could call him without incurring long distance charges. Clearly calling me made much more sense than calling him. But I was perfectly capable of hanging up with her and calling the ex to have him go get John.

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 7:51am

"I wish more respondents had answered the part of the question about who does your DC call if your child is sick, yourself or your DH?"

I don't think who the dc calls says much at all about who is prepared to deal with a sick kid. My work number was listed first, so I tended to get the call from dc. If they couldn't reach me, they tried the next number on the list (dh). Immediately after getting a call, I would call dh and we'd work out who could most easily take the time off. On average, I think dh actually took more time off for sick kids than I did.

Now it's more straight-forward: when I'm working from home I get the call and deal with the illness because I have more flexibility than dh. When I'm traveling, dh gets the call and deals with the sick kid. Actually, now that I think about it, it's just theoretical because neither of us has had to pick up a sick kid from school in years. We've usually managed to guess correctly about their state of health before sending them to school :-).

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 8:17am

I too disagree, i had to work this past summer, and my husband did an awesome job, taking care of our kids, and he can actually get them to do stuff, i cannot get them to do.


When they were younger he would be the one to go into their room and quiet them down some nights, other nights I would do it.


I know for a fact my husband can handle the kids. I sometimes get nasty cysts, and i have other health issues, I am a SAHM, right now, when I get sick, my husband can take days off from work and help out with the kids. He can cook, because he is a chef, he can also do everything I can around the house.

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Sat, 01-26-2008 - 8:52am
Why does it really matter who a dc provider call's when a child is sick?
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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 8:56am

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actually, one of the most humbling things I needed to do was to put myself LAST on the phone call list for the children's schools?

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 10:33am

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Not applicable to us. We don't use daycare. If and when DH gets his education Master's and starts teaching high school math full time, they'll call me. I can leave my job at a moment's notice. DH wouldn't be able to.


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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 11:38am


I didn't respond because it doesn't really apply to us.


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Registered: 10-24-2007
Sat, 01-26-2008 - 11:57am

I wonder whether women's employer's tend to be more tolerant of needing to leave occasionally at short notice.

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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 12:38pm

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