There is no right or wrong way to parent your children. But there are different parenting trends out there and it can be fun to uncover just what ‘style’ you fit in to. So come and have a look at our ultimate parenting style checklist and let us know which one, if any, sounds like you.
The Helicopter Parent
It’s all about the hover for helicopter parents. Yes, you really love your kids, so much so that you want to be involved in every aspect of their lives, to protect them, to watch over them, to help make their decisions for them. Helicopter parents often get a bad rep for over-managing the lives of their children but really, is there anything wrong with wanting to protect them?
Sure, you may carry three different types of sunblock in your bag. And three different bottles of anti-bacterial sprays.
And, yes, you may know your child’s teacher’s phone number. And Facebook account. And Instagram name. And Twitter handle.
You may have considered putting a helmet on your child at the playground. Or bubble wrap.
We get it. Hover away.
The CTFD Parent
Did your child just eat dirt at the playground? Is your infant waking up three or more times a night? Is your toddler refusing to eat anything but peanut butter?
It’s not that you don’t care. It’s just that you don’t see a reason to freak out. The Calm the F*ck Down method is all about taking a relaxed approach to parenthood, often best left to those who have two or more children. Rather than stress about every little thing that is not going according to the book, the CTFD approach focuses on just letting things be and letting kids be kids.
The Tiger Mum
Hear me roar! Tiger mums are fierce when it comes to everything – discipline, study, sport and success in general. Also known as the authoritative parent, tiger mums are intense, passionate, motivated and dedicated to ensuring their children get the very best.
Is there really anything wrong with signing your child up for every sporting event at school? Or instilling a strict homework routine on a pre-schooler? Or getting into a brawl at the soccer field when the ref makes a bad call?
The Attachment Parent
Attachment parenting has been around for decades and is based on the idea that children need strong bonds with their caretakers in order to grow emotionally, especially during those first precious months.
Attachment parenting also often gets a bad rep. Sure, the haters suggest there is an increased risk of SIDS and separation anxiety at a later stage but sometimes babies just want to be close to you.
If you support babywearing, co-sleeping and attending to your infant’s cries right away, then you could fall into this category.
If you promote breastfeeding past aged five, often find yourself sleeping in your daughter’s cot with her, and can’t remember the last time you didn’t have a child touching at least one part of you at all times, then you definitely fall into this category.
I’m guilty. I’m okay with it.
The Free Rangers
One of the newest parenting styles to hit the streets is free range parenting and this one is causing quite the stir!
This trend is the antithesis to helicopter parenting where children are left to their own devices. It emphasises children’s independence and learning through unscheduled play and exploration. This may mean letting your kids wander the streets alone, encouraging them to make their own meals or allowing them to handle school problems in their own way.
Of course these are only a few of the many ‘‘trends’ in parenting out there. You could identify with all of them, some of them or none of them.
At the end of the day, the way you choose to parent is the right way. And if that means carrying bubble wrap in your purse or letting your child live on chicken nuggets for a week, then that’s perfectly okay.
If you are happy, and your kids are happy, then you’re doing it right.