Secret to new parents’ mental health may be agreement on parenting style

Although there’s no crystal ball for parenting success, a groundbreaking study has found that new moms’ and dads’ well-being can be predicted by their perceived similarities – or differences – when it comes to managing baby.

Researchers from Kent State University in Ohio report that greater agreement on parenting style is linked with better mental health for both men and women. It’s also significantly associated with relationship satisfaction for mothers in particular.

The study is thought to be the first to look at the value of perceived co-parenting to parents’ individual outcomes, as opposed to just the child’s or the family unit as a whole.

“Pretty quickly, parents are able to develop feelings about whether or not they align with their co-parent,” said lead author Brian Don, a doctoral student in social psychology. “A sense of agreement early on may be a good indicator of whether a couple is able…

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