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.

When Your Child Says, “I Don’t Fit In.”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Every child feels like they don’t fit in at some point. Even adults feel that way occasionally: we all experience being “alone in a room full of people.” With kids, the need to be part of a group is instinctual; it’s survival. They want to fit in and be like everyone else because it gives... Read more »

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Why You Can’t Be Your Child’s Friend

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Here’s the truth: if being your kids’ friend was enough to raise them successfully, we would all probably parent that way. But our job is way more complicated than that. Children and teens really crave boundaries, limits and structure. At the same time, they also need some healthy separation from us as they go through... Read more »

3 Parenting Styles That Undermine Your Authority

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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A few months ago, we asked Empowering Parents readers to share how they respond when their child acts out. We asked this question because we want to help you be a more effective parent with real life, day-to-day struggles. There were three parenting styles that readers consistently told us they were using and weren’t working... Read more »

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Good Cop/Bad Cop Parenting

By James Lehman, MSW

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If you and your spouse take opposing roles in dealing with your kids, you’re not alone. Many parents take on the roles of “good cop” and “bad cop” in the family. For instance, Dad is the kid’s best buddy, and mom is the nag. Or dad is strict and mom is a sympathizer. Which “cop” is... Read more »

Are You Engaged in a Silent Mommy War?

By Anna Stewart

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Today’s mothers are all too familiar with the so-called “Mommy Wars,” an expression used to stereotype the struggles and challenges faced by stay-at-home mothers versus those of working or career mothers. Like with all stereotypes, the Mommy Wars conflict is far more complicated than that. When we talk about the Mommy Wars, what we’re really... Read more »

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