We hear it all the time – the different styles of parenting and their relative merits and flaws. Some of us embrace Attachment Parenting, others are self-admitted Helicopter Parents and still others profess to followers of Maria Montessori, allowing their kids to learn at their own pace, within the parameters of a safe and supportive environment. Are you a strict authoritarian or a laissez-faire “live and let live” type?
Speak to any parent and they’ll tell you, often with passion, why they have chosen a certain method of raising their child. Some may cite their child’s temperament and personality while others will say that they’ve done their research and have found the most effective way of raising their child to be a productive, successful and happy adult. The common thread between these groups of parents is that they all think that they’re right. Yet we know that not everyone can be right; as is with many things in life, there are two (and sometimes more) sides to the story.
That being the case, it’s always interesting to hear how someone has come upon their choices in how they raise their children, often to the chagrin of close family and friends.
So this week’s question relates to the myriad of parenting styles that exist. What style of parent are you, and why? What made you choose your particular style of parenting and have you had much resistance from those around you about the choices that you’ve made in this area? Answer in the comments below – can’t wait to hear from you.
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