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Parenting Styles

How to find your parenting style.

Your parenting style isn’t often something you choose. Parenting styles arise from years of experience between you and your child. Sometimes there are slight disagreements between parents on the ways the child should be parented and sometimes children are subjected to completly different parenting styles.  In most cases, the first time you may notice or question your parenting style is when your kids act up. Perhaps the technique that used to work no longer works, or not as well. Maybe you’ve been parenting off of instinct or emulating the parenting style of your own parents. Is it time to get deliberate and proactive about your parenting style?
“It’s important for parents to go back to: What is it you want to teach your child in this situation? What are your goals?” says Janis Keyser, early childhood specialist and author.
It seems as though there is a new trendy parenting style every day. We broke down some of the most popular parenting styles.

Traditional Parenting Styles


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Therapist Julie Wright, MFT explains how fostering a secure attachment with your child is about "being" rather than "doing" through the attachment parenting theory.
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When it comes to the hardships of parenting, it can seem like everyone around you has an opinion on which one is the worst and how to handle them.
Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, explains the importance of modeling behavior for your children and teaching by example
Leading relationship expert and best selling-author Dr. John Gray, explains the five key messages of positive parenting for parents to always be thinking about.
Highly educated psychotherapist and author Julie Wright explains what it means to be a mindful parent, especially in moments of stress and frustration. Watch this video... read more
Head of school Percy Abram, PhD, reflects on the challenges he faced with his own parents as he grew up compared to the parenting challenges faced by his own generation... read more
Natalie Hawkins, single mother of Gabrielle Douglas (2012 Olympic All-Around Gymnast Gold Medalist), shares insight on the challenges of raising an Olympic athlete and... read more
Actor Sam Jaeger from NBC's drama series "Parenthood" discusses modern parents desire for perfectionism and what parents can do instead of striving to always be the... read more
Nationally recognized top mommy blogger Tsh Oxenreider, reflects on her and her family's experience readjusting to American lifestyle after moving back to the United... read more
  Nothing's better than when your kids are in a good mood. When they're easy-going and happy, everything seems to run smoothly. read more
Dr. Alanna Levine, pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses how a self-reliant child makes life easier for a parent and shares... read more
Best selling-author & psychologist Laura Markham, PhD, shares her top five AhaParenting rules for parents to help them raise great kids and give them a strong foundation.
Native American Elder and educator Shannon Crossbear shares the importance of raising children in a strong community with parents and older adult role models.
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If you’ve ever heard the saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” you may also know that it originates in Scandinavia,... read more
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Once upon a time, were you one of those couples who agreed on everything?
Therapist Julie Wright, MFT, discusses what secure attachment looks like over time, why it's important to be well attuned to your child's needs, and how this type of... read more
Dr. Alanna Levine, MD, explains her opposition to attachment parenting, and why she believes self-reliant, independent children come from a childhood with less parental... read more
Eco-Mom Marni Ayers explains the benefits of using the attachment parenting method with her family, and how she came to love the attachment parenting style after co-... read more
Suchada Eickemeyer discusses some of the most common misconceptions and myths about attachment parenting, and how she found through her own experience that attachment... read more
Anthropologist and infant sleep expert Dr. James McKenna, PhD, explains the definition of co-sleeping from an anthropological standpoint. What is co-sleeping, and what... read more
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“Be nice to your sister.” “Use kind words.” “What you did wasn’t very considerate.” As parents, we’re always... read more
How to discipline is key to parents. Disciplining should influence a child's future behavior. Try an "action replay" after misbehavior. Ask them to tell you what they... read more
The holiday season has snuck up on us once again. Scrambling to plan, shop, wrap, bake, cook, and party with friends leaves little time for us to pause and reflect on... read more
Many parents get caught up in day to day routines and the never-ending task of teaching their children and lose some important opportunities to model and teach respect.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T…Find out what it means to me…what is it? Does anyone know besides Aretha Franklin? read more
The notice arrives from the nurse at your child’s elementary school. “The Talk” will be held at some point during fifth grade. read more
My preschooler came out of her room and stomped once. I carried her back to bed.
There was a time when rewards and punishments were the foundation of most parents’ efforts to discipline their children.  The formula was pretty simple -... read more
Learn more about what attachment parenting means to mom and blogger Suchada Eickemeyer and find out how she implemented this fascinating parenting style to be the best... read more
Well known mommy blogger Suchada Eickemeyer talks about the parenting style that works best for her! Watch this video and find out why she chose attachment parenting and... read more
Here’s a gem of a question I hear weekly:  Should I pay my kids to do chores?  It doesn’t sound like a hard question to answer on the surface,... read more
Brave military spokesperson and activist Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones talks about the importance of treating your children as well as authority with respect.
Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones takes us through the stresses and challenges of being away from your family while serving in a military zone and what he did to... read more
Podcast host and teacher Todd Adams talks about the common mistakes dads and husbands can make when dealing with discipline issues with their children and how to reflect... read more
Mommy blogger, author, and podcast host Cathy Cassani Adams explains what a self-aware parent is and how parents can apply these traits to raising their children in a... read more
Esteemed speaker, author, and podcast host Cathy Cassani Adams explains how parents can become more positive by focusing on things that they are grateful for, rather... read more
Author, teacher and Co-Founder of Be U, Inc. (a conscious living company), Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW explains what mindfulness is for parents and how they can use the... read more
Do kids still watch The Lil Rascals? I’m not talking about the 1994 movie, but the series that ran for about twenty years starting in the 1920’s. Well, if... read more
Parent educator and family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa shares her three Rs of parenting: respect, responsible and resilient, and how parents can use these three R's to... read more
Family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa, popularly known as Dr.G, explains how to encourage respect and privacy in your family by having conversations about nudity if... read more
As a contributor for many nationally recognized media outlets such as CBS morning show, ABC and Fox, Dr. Deborah Gilboa explains how you can have high expectations for... read more
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