Monday Musings - What Style of Parent Are You?

by Samantha on February 5, 2013

Mother scolding child

Lane Bryant

What style of parent are you and why?

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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Scott Wild February 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I like to let my kids “fail foward” (with support). My kids are more confident, they understand that just because they didn’t get it right the first time it’s not over, and they celebrate the successes with more gusto (because they know that they were the ones who overcame the obstacles, put in the practice hours, and accomplished the task to achieve the success). Yes, sometimes we have to lend a shoulder, wipe a tear, but each time we tell them how proud we are that they tried. School grades are excellent, they enjoy what THEY CHOOSE to do for hobbies and activities. Overall it’s created a great family dynamics for us.

We are not perfect parents (who is?), but our we have all learned to recognize when someone’s having an “off” day and cut them some slack (or give them a hug). It works for us.

Great topic. Curious to see what the other styles are!

Thanks, Sam

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Samantha February 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Scott! I love your technique of parenting - letting the kids “fall forward” with support. At the end of the day, it’s about letting them know that we’re there to catch them when they fall, no matter what, right? Sounds like you have it all figured out :) Thanks for commenting.

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