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What's Your Parenting Style?
Learn about four different parenting styles to see which one fits with your philosophy.
Parenting Style: Authoritarian Parenting
I'm Dr. Ari Brown, and I'm going to explain what it means to be an authoritarian parent. In the 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind studied preschoolers and their families, and identified different parenting styles characterized by parents' expectations and responsiveness to their children. Authoritarian parents placed high demands on their children, and believe that parents should have the power in the household. Authoritarian parents tend to use negative forms of discipline. They will take away privileges for poor behavior or resort to physical forms of punishment like spanking. Authoritarian parents often have one-way communications. They are not terribly responsive to a child's feelings or opinions. If a child questions the parent's rules or approach, a parent might respond, "Because I said so." Authoritarian parents have firm rules ad expect those rules to be this way tend to rebel later in life. As a pediatrician, I can tell you that I do not encourage this type of parenting style, nor do I recommend spanking. You are your child's role model, and you want to teach her to use her words, not her hands or her fists when she is frustrated. It is much more effective to teach your child about the logical or natural consequence for inappropriate behavior than to spank her. While it is certainly reasonable to expect your child to behave properly, you also wanna give your child a solid foundation that fosters her independence.
should have the power in the household. Authoritarian parents tend to use negative forms of discipline. They will take away privileges for poor behavior or resort to physical forms of punishment like spanking. Authoritarian parents often
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Attachment parents are nurturing and available to meet their children's needs day and night.
to you. Attachment Parenting International has no official position on natural childbirth, home births home schooling, or opposition to circumcision or vaccinations. Some attachment parents prefer a family bed. Because infant bed sharing increases the risks of sudden infant death and sudden unexplained infant death this has been controversial. However, leaders of the attachment parenting movement specifically advised parents that the priority is not where your child
Parenting Style: Positive Parenting
Positive, or authoritative, parents value mutual respect and being a good listener.
figure out a way to make this work and we'll both be happy ." Positive parents are consistent and fair. They set up rules and boundaries and then they stick to them because they believe that placing appropriate demands on a child fosters independence and self control . Positive parents use non-physical discipline strategies . They turn a child's mistake into a teaching moment where a child learns a logical consequence for his error. They do not
Discipline Without Spanking
The next time you feel the urge to spank, take a deep breath instead and consider what you want your child to learn.
that doesn't make it okay. Let's discuss why. You are your child's role model . So if you think about it, using physical force is the last thing you want your child to imitate. For example, spanking your child for hitting or kicking is only telling your child that it is okay to express your frustration by force. You want your child to use his words not his body to express his feelings. In fact, study show that children who are spanked show more aggressive behavior than kids whose parents used non-physical discipline methods. Keep in mind that discipline means to teach. What does spanking teach? It teaches a child to be afraid of his parents. It teaches a child that his parent will hurt him to keep him in line. It doesn't teach the child why the parent has made a rule or limit or how to act appropriately. The best discipline methods teach children that there are natural consequences for poor behaviors. For instance, making a bad choice like running in the street means mom or
Put an End to Back Talk
Dealing with your child's rude tone can be frustrating. Here’s how to handle back talk and get her to speak to you more respectfully.
Consequences For Bad Behavior
Stop your child's bad behavior in its tracks with these suggestions for appropriate and effective consequences to her actions.
Toddler Discipline Tips
Disciplining a toddler can be a challenge for many parents. Here are the best discipline tips for toddlers and some techniques you should avoid.
or distract them. So if your toddler is trying to empty the garbage can , open the Tupperware drawer so he can empty that instead. It also really helps to set up the environment so that its
Dealing With Whining
Dealing with a whining child doesn’t have to be stressful. Find out why your child is whining and the best ways to respond.
the difference between a pleasant voice, and whining. Sometimes, you can use stuffed animals , and act out one stuffed animal being whiny, and the other animals reacting negatively. Until the animal does it right. The best way to teach children about whining is to catch them in the moment. So you can say, that voice hurts my ears, tell me again in
Using Positive Reinforcement
Using positive reinforcement is a great way to teach your children good behavior. Watch this video for examples of how to use this discipline strategy.
hug. They can also include things like stickers, or points, or a special prize , after they've done something nice. It's easy to notice when our children are mis-behaving. But we need to make a conscious effort to notice when our children are doing it right. This is what teaches them the right way to behave. Let's say you