Motherhood Today: Parenting 101

 

Hey everyone, it’s so good to have you on Motherhood Today segment. We trust you all are doing great on your journey to being parents or if you are one already. Today, we bring to you an interesting topic : PARENTING 101. Take a seat and enjoy every bit of this write up.

 

Gone are the days of describing parents as merely “strict” or “lenient. Styles of parenting now come with titles and definitions. So, let’s take a close look at the styles of parenting we have in this new generation and you may finally get to know what kind of parent you are.

Here are five of the most common parenting styles that today’s moms and dads are applying to their families:

  1. Instinctive parenting

This might be called the “old school method of parenting, “intuition” or simply a feeling of “go with your gut.” This style of parenting is very much your own personal style of parenting, usually influenced by your own upbringing. In other words, as an instinctive parent you’re more likely to teach what you know and parent the way you were parented, whether you were brought up by your mother and father, siblings or another caregiver.

  1. Attachment Parenting

The goal in this style of parenting is for the parent and child to form a strong emotional bond. The people who adopt this parenting style strive to promptly respond to their child’s needs and be sensitive and emotionally available for their child at all times. The belief is that strong attachment to the parent helps the child become a more secure, empathic, peaceful human being. Fans of attachment parenting often believe in natural childbirth, a family bed, avoidance of corporal punishment, homeschooling and may be part of the anti-vaccination movement; not wanting anything that would cause harm or hurt to the child.

  1. Helicopter Parenting

“Helicopter parents constantly interact with and often interfere with their children’s lives. They hover like a helicopter. Now, while this stlye of parenting is fairly normal to ensure the safety and security of babies and very young children, be warned in advance that smothering your child in every aspect of their life can ultimately backfire. Too much of this style of parenting on children can make them become dependent on their parents’ money, time and advice past their college years and into their professional careers.

  1. Authoritative Parenting

If you have ever heard of this phrase “You live under my roof, you follow my rules!”, then you are an authoritative parent.  It’s a cliché . The parents who fit into this category typically establish rules and guidelines and expect their children to follow them, but the methods of this parenting style is a bit more democratic than “what I say goes.” For children who fail to meet the authoritative parent’s expectations, the parent is more nurturing, forgiving and responsive. Their idea of discipline is to be assertive but not restrictive, to support rather than punish.

  1. Permissive Parenting

It’s a child’s world for permissive parents, sometimes referred to as non-traditional, indulgent parents. “They have very few demands to make of their children and rarely discipline them because they have low or no expectations of maturity and self-control and if at any point the word “lenient” comes back into play, it’s for this type of parent. The permissive parenting style is often evidenced by individuals who try to be more friend than parent, avoid confrontation and are generally nurturing and communicative.

 

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