There are as many different kinds of parenting as there are parents (or more…) — every kid is different, and no two parents treat their kids the same way. Definitely, some questionable parenting techniques exist, but who’s really to say what’s correct? (Okay, child services and/or a judge….) Some folks believe in a free-range kid policy, but others think that’s crazy or dangerous. If you’re not already flooded with parenting advice, check out some of the following links.
- Intrinsic motivation should be what drives kids to study hard and be diligent with chores. However, there are plenty of parents that try to bribe (or just pay) their kids when they’ve gotten good grades or mowed the lawn. Do kids learn how to be more responsible when they get paid — or do they learn to expect a payment for every little task? Perhaps it depends on the type of task. [url]
- Parental cultures vary quite significantly around the world. It’s not uncommon for Vietnamese mothers to potty train kids by 9 months. Norwegian kids take naps in strollers outside in freezing weather. In the Polynesian Islands, toddlers take care of babies. [url]
- Parenting advice is everywhere — telling parents not to praise their kids too much.. or to let them play with matches occasionally. Kids certainly do need to learn how to fend for themselves at some point, but between the extremes of helicopter parenting and “Lord of the Flies” parenting, there should probably be a nice middle ground. [url]
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