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Parenting Styles: One Size Does Not Fit All

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Don’t you wish that you received a book that told you exactly how to handle every situation that you encountered with your child(ren)? That would sure make things easier, wouldn’t it? Except, every parent is different, and every child is different. This means, there could never really be one book because no two parent/child relationships are the same – even within the same household. And, you know what, that is part of the beauty of the parent/child relationship. It is unique, it is yours, and it is something that you and your child get to develop together.

And, if you’ve ever been in any scenario with any other parent on the planet, you know that there are different styles of parenting. And, as a parent, you may not be just one style. You could be a combination of two styles or multiple styles. And that’s great! Because that may be exactly what your child(ren) needs.

Over the next few months, we’ll be exploring different styles of parenting and how these styles apply to extracurricular activities and digital access. There isn’t one style that is better or worse. It’s about balance and aligning with what works for your child.

Parenting Styles

To kick things off, we thought it would be helpful to understand some of the different parenting styles. The goal is to give a baseline on how parents may think and function.

  • Helicopter Parenting: Taking an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of your child(ren).
  • Attachment Parenting: Creating an environment where there is no definable early separation between you and your child(ren) and focusing on the bond between parent and child.
  • Authoritative Parenting: Establishing firm boundaries and guidelines in terms of expectations for your child(ren).
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Minimizing involvement in your child(ren)’s life and not making them do certain things (ex: giving them a bedtime, making them go to school).
  • Elephant Parenting: Focusing on the emotional security and connection of your child(ren) and being relaxed about your child(ren)’s academic and sporting achievements.
  • Tiger Parenting: Pushing or pressuring your child(ren) to attain high levels of academic achievement or success in extracurricular actives.
  • Instinctive Parenting: Relying on instinct to parent your child(ren) and using your own upbringing as a guide to parenting.
  • Permissive Parenting: Creating an equal relationship with your child(ren) and not making demands or setting expectations for your child(ren).

And if we are being honest, at least one of these descriptions probably made you cringe. But that doesn’t mean that style of parenting doesn’t have its place. It does, and aligned with the right personality; a child can really flourish with that style.

We encourage you to stay tuned to our blog as we explore these different parenting styles and take a look at what makes sense for your child(ren). You may be surprised to find that applying certain elements of a different parenting style may help your child(ren) grow.

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