Recently in a listening & learning session by Dr.Meg Meeker I came across a wonderful way to understand the different roles of parenting. I loved that snippet and hence sharing it here.
Between a father and a mother, they interchangeably play 2 roles in every aspect of a child’s upbringing. The roles are
- Lead Parent
- Support Parent
A Lead parent takes the “lead” in that aspect of a child’s life in terms of involvement, decision making, and priorities.
e.g: A Father generally takes a lead in the financial planning for a child’s future. He plans and executes the savings plans, insurances etc.
A Support parent plays the second fiddle to the lead parent in that aspect of child’s life.
e.g: Father’s role in the nutritional needs of a child. Which is generally well managed by a mother.
Roles in 6 Aspects of a child’s life
If we look at the various aspects of a child’s life, we can perhaps segregate it into 6 aspects. Each section has a lead parent and a support parent.
- Career Planning
- Social Life
I am not going to list what role a mother or a father plays in each of this section. But let the readers and their partners decide it for themselves 🙂