Parenting Styles & Roles

Our experts explain why your parenting style is of vital importance when it comes to raising your child. We explain the three most effective parenting roles and tell you how to implement them.

Using Consequences to Maintain Your Parental Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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When your child acts out or breaks the rules, it’s normal to feel your authority as a parent slipping away. If you’re like most parents, you’ve tried everything: you’ve taken the car away, locked the video games in a cabinet, and have even considered cancelling Christmas or a birthday party. You’ve probably... Read more »

Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn’t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from... Read more »

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Free-Range Parenting: Balancing Protection with the Dignity of Risk

By Anna Stewart

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What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “free-range” parenting? Many people picture extremely lenient parents who impose few rules and fewer consequences. However, as with many stereotypes, that’s far from the truth. Free-ranging parenting, like all parenting, takes a lot of hard work—and for the kids, being free-range is a hard-earned privilege. As a... Read more »

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Less Is More: The Perils of Over-Parenting

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Have you ever noticed that when things aren’t going right, particularly with your kids, your knee-jerk reaction is to do more of something—not less? If they are not listening to you, you most likely raise your voice, rather than lower it. If they are struggling with something difficult, you jump in with loads of ideas,... Read more »

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