Parenting is not an easy job by any means; rather it is a tough job that is being performed by 150 million parents across the US presently. However, the tough question or challenge faced by parents is “how can you love your children without spoiling them” or “how can you reprimand their inappropriate behaviour without raising your voice”? Here are five different ways of radical parenting:
Gender neutral way of child raising
Many social scientists are of the opinion that raising children in an environment that has gender specific colours can restrict a child’s imagination and ultimately his or her choices.
Hence, the tendency for parents to decide what is “boy stuff or girl stuff” exists even before the baby is born with the typical pink for a girl and glue for a boy. This compartmentalising of children by forcing boys into cars and girls into princess themes is something that can limit their personalities, as they grow older. This leads to hyper-feminine or hyper-masculine genders that are poles apart and can never find common ground.
If you are the parent who is always hovering near your child and overtly anxious to ask the teacher about your child’s grades, then you are a “helicopter parent”.
Such parents are over protective and always monitoring the child, the extent that their over involvement prevents children from learning from their mistakes. A child that grows up with such a parent ends up as a nervous personality.
Parents who ditch the diaper not only are a green initiative but it also helps the child become independent. This diaperless parenting is letting your baby go bottomless and then signal when they have to go.
Ingrid Bauer, who states that this method helps in fostering bonding and speeding up potty training, coined this term, but what about the mess.
Unparenting does not mean disowning the children, but actually means that parents should stop responding to their child’s actions without judgement. This abandonment of response by listening to the child and giving them the liberty to make decisions is however something that does not go down too well with most parents.
Parents always worry about their children as if they were as delicate as teacups- always consulting doctors and worrying repeatedly. When the children of these ‘teacup parents’ get older, the worrying only increases as parents keep texting them as they deeply care but do not realise that children only learn from mistakes!
Parenting is a responsible task that requires patience as well as certain skills to raise healthy and responsible kids. Here are some radical ways to grow responsible children.