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Do other's parenting styles affect your friendships?

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Question: Has a friend's parenting style affected your friendship?





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Like if you were against CIO and they were for it, would you still be friends with them? Or if they are on strict schedules and you just go with the flow? How about vaxing and non vaxing? Would you still let them watch your kids? What are your experiences with this- have any of your friendships suffered because of this?

I DO NOT want to turn this into a bashing post, everybodys got their own opinion. Just curious as to how it would affect your friendships.

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by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM
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by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 1:50 PM

 I wouldn't say it ends a friendship, but it definitely can add an element of tension.  I've lost some respect for my friends after seeing them as mommies. 

by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 1:53 PM

It has. I had a friend that spoke horribly to one of her daughters all the time. She would scream and curse at her and it made me crazy. The fact that she seemed to pick on just the one really added to it, too.

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by Platinum Member on Sep. 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM

No. I have never spoken to my friends about their parenting style and they have never asked about mine. We're just not the type of people to talk about it and I wouldn't really don't care to either. Niether does my mom or sister.  My issue with letting other people watch my DD is trust  it has nothing to do with parenting style.

by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Yes, I have this problem. And though I haven't ended the friendship, it puts a strain on it. Its one of tyose situations where she thinks my DH and I are uptight(we're christians) and need to let our kids do what makes them happy. We on the other hand, think our kids need boundries, lines and consequences.

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