Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 2

Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 2Today we bring you Part 2 of our Modern Parenting Dictionary.  This edition is all about parenting styles.  Yes, the way in which we choose to raise our children is considered our parenting style.  Much like your sense of fashion, your home décor and your choice of car represent your style, various methods of child-rearing have been given specific names to represent the type of parenting involved.  Check out these parenting styles and see which one you identify with most.

Attachment Parenting:  This is a manner of parenting in which parents and children are rarely apart and develop a strong emotional bond, especially during the early years of a child’s life.  Coined by Dr. William Sears, this parenting style is based on the attachment theory of psychology and is believed to have a lasting affect on a child’s lifelong relationship with his parents.

Elephant Mom:  Similar to how female elephants treat their young in the wild, elephant moms hover over their children to nurture, protect and encourage their growth and development.  Mother and child touch lovingly and mother’s come to their baby’s rescue if they are in trouble.  Elephant moms also believe that other mothers, including grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends should all be involved in nurturing their babies until their teenage years.

Free Range Parenting:  Parents who avoid over-parenting and doting on their kids every need are known as free range parents and their kids are called free range kids.  This style of parenting allows kids to have freedom and responsibility appropriate for their age.  It was initially identified by author Lenore Skenazy.  [Antonym: Helicopter Mom]

Helicopter Mom:  Like a helicopter, a helicopter mom is one who hovers over their children, tending to their every need and desire.  This mom watches her children very closely and knows every detail of their experience in life.  Helicopter moms are especially involved in their kids’ academic life and intervene when adversity arises.  It was originally named by Dr. Haim Ginott in the 1960s.  [Antonym:  Free Range Parenting]

Lawnmower Parent or Snow Plow Parent:  Lawnmower or snow plow parenting is an extreme type of helicopter parent who clears the path and any obstacles that may lie in front of their child, like a lawnmower or a snow plow.  Lawnmower or snow plow parents often brown-nose teachers, get their kids into lessons for “power” sports such as golf or tennis and otherwise don’t let their children fight their own battles.

No Rescue Parent:  An extreme type of free range parent, the no rescue parent teaches their children to learn from their own mistakes without intervening on their behalf.  If a child forgets his homework or musical instrument at home, no rescue parents will not save the day by bringing it to them, but rather hope that their kids will not make the mistake again in the future, even if they have to suffer consequences in the present.

Tiger Mom:  This mother is extremely focused on a child’s academic success and is very competitive in nature.  Her goal is for her children to land in a financially rewarding profession and be highly successful as adults.  Often Tiger Moms are depicted in the Asian culture as strict parents who believe children should only improve themselves without regard for fun.