You have your own beliefs and principles we want to pass on
Adrian and Hannah Browne have eight children — six boys and two girls — from three to 17 years. They believe for the most part their parenting styles are consistent with all of them, regardless of their sex. Adrian says: “There are lots of things that are common when it comes to parenting the boys and the girls, and it’s mostly around our key principles of parenting.
“You have your own beliefs and principles you want to pass on to the kids as well as a general guidance and discipline. I’ve noticed that as they get older, you tend to see more differences between the genders, but our eldest girl is only 11, so I’m not sure what female puberty has in store for us yet.
“I think the importance of dads in their daughters’ lives is underrated in our society. And I find there’s a real yearning in my eldest daughter for time with dad, so I try to be a lot more attentive with her, so in that sense my approach is different.
“Also, girls can tell if you’re really hearing them, whereas boys are not so attuned to that, for them it’s more about what you say rather than how you say it. I also suspect the girls may be more of a worry as they get older, I’ll want to maybe keep a closer eye on them as they go out into the world more.
“But the cautionary steps we take with all of them will be the same, which is to always know where they are, check in with the parents of friends, and set boundaries.
“All in all, we treat them as individuals and I love spending time with them all equally. In fact, my favourite time of the year is our endof-year holiday because we get to spend undisturbed time together.”