There are certainly many different approaches to parenting – from strict and disciplined to free-range and even French, apparently. Yes, we joined the multitudes tuning into Parental Guidance each week (or binging the whole lot in one go – who would have thought that watching other people wrangle their kids would make for such compelling viewing?).
Parenting style is a huge topic with an array of theories, experiences and opinions all thrown in the mix. How we parent is influenced by our values, personality, culture and the way we ourselves were parented. Interestingly, one thing that’s noticeable from even just a few minutes of shamelessly peering into the lives of others via reality television, most approaches to parenting offer strengths and weakness.
Anyway, we’re not here to pass judgement on our friends across the ditch and their brave attempts to parent in front of TV cameras (as tempting as that is!). We’re here to offer our take on parenting style.
At Parenting Place, we’ve looked at parenting from lots of different angles and keep coming back to one style that’s a clear winner. Not that real-life parenting is a competition, of course. But metaphorically, it’s the Parent Coach that reigns supreme, producing secure, confident and capable children.
Let’s look at why, and also make some comparisons while still within the appropriateness of our non-judgemental metaphor!