Positive Parenting Might be your Style

Parents today have a plethora of parenting styles to choose from. Have you figured out what your parenting style is yet? If not, then perhaps Positive Parenting might be your style. Positive Parenting is a style that is intended to lessen stress and form healthier relationships between parents and their children. It is not an authoritarian parenting style. Other phrases that have been used to describe Positive Parenting include: positive discipline, gentle guidance, or loving guidance. Physical punishment, such as spanking, is absolutely not a part of Positive Parenting. It isn’t about “teaching your child a lesson”. Instead, this parenting … Continue reading

Parenting Styles

The way you react as a parent has a lasting impact on your children. Every child is different and we have to parent based on our child’s individual needs. Some children need things very structured; others just need a little guidance here and there. You have to adjust your parenting style based on what works for you and your child. Authoritarian parents typically have very high expectations of their children. They have strict guidelines for their children and there is very little negotiation. If asked why they are likely to respond, “Because I said so.” They don’t discuss the reasoning … Continue reading

Differences in Single Parenting Styles

I think sometimes we single parents get lumped into one group in terms of *how* we parent. There tends to be myths and assumptions that all single parents represent a certain type of parenting even if two-parent homes are imagined to be diverse: strict, lenient, etc. Even we single parents, when we meet other single parents might assume that we are all on the same page in terms of how we parent our children when that just is not the case. There is as much variety and as many differences in the way single parents parent, as anywhere else. Some … Continue reading

Parenting Style Affects Health

How you parent your child can affect their behavior, grades, and yes even their weight. Dr. Mayer reports on a recent research study that found that “parenting style is associated with a 500% difference in the risk of childhood obesity.” I don’t know about you but 500% seems like an awful lot to me. And this percentage is completely dependant upon parenting style. There are four main parenting styles: Authoritarian – The parent decides what is best for the child and the child is expected to follow the decisions of the parents. Children are usually held to a high level … Continue reading