Parenting

Understanding the radical ways of parenting

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:

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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.

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Helicopter parenting

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.

Diaperless

Diaperless

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.

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Unparenting

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.

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Teacup parenting

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!

Summary:

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.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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