Thursday, March 05, 2009




From TODAY, Voices

Thursday, 26-February-2009


By Dr Bill Maier


So what’s your “parenting style”? There was a time when there were only two basic styles of parenting – permissive or authoritarian.


But today, with all the child-rearing books and tapes on the market, it seems like there are more parenting styles than there are car models!


And just about every “expert” claims to have the perfect formula for raising perfect kids.


The trouble is, no two kids are alike, and there’s no such thing as a one size-fits-all style of parenting.


Some kids respond to discipline quickly, while others are ready to go to war at the first sign of authority.


If kids were all created from the same mould, parenting would be pretty easy. But since they’re not, it takes a lot of patience and understanding.


So, get to know your kids and learn what works and what doesn’t.


The key is common sense and a lot of love and consistency.


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