Thursday, March 05, 2009

PARENTING STYLES

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

 

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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