Parenting styles seem to come and go like fads. For one generation, authoritative parenting may be in, and for another, a more child-centered approach is in vogue.
Several different types of parenting styles are currently in fashion, and they reflect a range of philosophies about what is best for children.
Which style of parent are you? Here’s an overview of some of the most popular parenting styles now to help you decide:
The style of parenting championed by pediatrician William Sears — also known as responsive parenting — was in the news recently when Time magazine featured a cover with a woman breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son and asked the question “Are You Mom Enough?” Attachment Parenting endorses creating a strong attachment with children in the early years through practices such as breastfeeding, baby wearing and co-sleeping.
Parents who take a strong, active role in their children’s experience, such as school or extracurricular activities, are deemed “helicopter” parents. These parents attempt to clear obstacles for their children, helping them to make decisions and to avoid failures or setbacks. Some refer to this style of parenting as “overparenting.”
Not so much a parenting style as an approach to behavioral issues, “Ferberizing” or the Ferber Method, revolves around letting children learn to self-soothe by allowing them to cry it out. This method is primarily used on infants to train them to sleep for longer periods or to sleep alone, but some parents extend the use o the philosophy to other behaviors they want to change in their children.
The book “Brining Up Bebe” brought this style of parenting into the mainstream this year. It’s not a formal parenting philosophy but rather a collection of observations about how the French typically approach child rearing. The focus here is on children learning to be independent and obedient. Parents are encouraged to balance their own needs with those of their children, rather than becoming consumed with meeting the needs of the child.
Of course, there are many more types of parenting, which take into account your views on discipline, education, religion, and much more. There are parenting philosophies that fit every personality and every goal for children.
These are just a few of the parenting styles that are currently popular.
Which of these parenting styles are you? Or do you have another parenting style? Tell us about it in the comments!
Heather Green is a Christian mom, freelance writer, pet lover and the resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org, a free informational website offering tips and advice about nursing sites and medical transcription degrees.