There are so many different ideas about how to raise children. Should you be stirict? Or how about lenient? Should you discuss everything with your kids and be an open book or should you keep things a secret and never let them know why you are making the decisions you are making? To me the style of parenting you use is like picking out a dog. I know, you are thinking this metaphor could never work but bear with me. There are many types of parenting styles in the world just like there are countless types of dogs. But which one is right? Not every dog is right for every person. Some people like big dogs and some like small. Some people want a low energy dog and some want a very active and playful one. So you have to do your research and find the dog that suits your personality just like you need to find a parenting style that fits your child. Some children tend to mature very quickly and would not thrive well in a tight leash and very closed off parenting style. They would quickly feel boxed in and lacking a great deal of independence and most likely respond poorly to his/her parents' wishes. On the contrary, there are those children that without a strict set of guidelines, they will fall into a lot of trouble. They need a tough parent to keep their head on straight; a parent that will not only keep them in line, but also will communicate to them as to why things are done the way they are. So when you start having kids, don't simply look at success/failure stories with your friends or in magazines. Get to know your kid first and tailor you parenting style to your own child. They will thank you for it later in life.
Parenting styles. There are so many but which to choose?
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