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Moms think dad makes parenting harder

        Single or Married, which mom has the better deal? Growing up, I was raised by a single mom who made strict rules and enforced them. No going barefoot. No staying up late on a school night. No outside activities on Sunday nights.

       Now that I'm raising my kids as a part of a couple, I see the pros and cons of single parenting. Pro: Dad can pick up a prescription on his way home or weigh in on a big decision. Con: Dad can be coaxed into letting kids break a mom rule. (very annoying!)

     A recent survey by Babytalk magazine found that many married women think it might sometimes be easier to raise kids alone. About 76 percent of married women surveyed by Babytalk magazine who liked the idea of not fighting with a parent about the best way to raise a child.  Other "pros"' cited in survey results include not having to work at maintaining a healthy marriage and not dealing with in-laws. (Those are valid points!) 

    Single moms told Babytalk they feel they have it easier in some ways.Almost two-thirds of the single moms surveyed thought it would be harder to be a parent with a man in the house. Katie Powalski of the Orlando Sentinel says she is a single mom who likes that no one is looking over her shoulder.

      Dadandchild                  Let's just say its hard to be a parent whether you're single or married. We're all struggling with the same issues: Do we let our kids have Facebook pages? Do we let them have sleepovers? Do we forbid them from playing sports if their grades start to drop? 

    Here's where I think having dad in the parenting equation makes a difference: work/life balance. When I think of how my mother struggled to work and raise her children, I know I have it easier. When it comes to being a mom and holding a job, whatever help my husband gives me makes my balancing act more doable. Dad may at times make parenting harder but he sure can making a working mother's life easier.