PARENTS: TRANSITION TIPS
- Encourage independent problem solving
- Connect with us early & often
- Listen: make time for 1 on 1
- Encourage positive activities
- Be aware & informed & set boundaries
In addition to unconditional love, our children also need clear boundaries. Generally, researchers have concluded that there are three main types of parenting approach: Authoritarian, Permissive and Authoritative.
Authoritarian parents demand a lot from their child, but do not give in response. They often give orders and set strict rules to be obeyed. Sometimes stereotyped as a 'Military Style', this approach can sometimes include physical abuse.
Permissive parents encourage their children to their fullest, but do not set limits. They emphasise creativity and feelings, although their children often feel unloved as a result of not having many restrictions. Sometimes stereotyped as the 'Hippy Style', these children often become rebellious against their parents.
Authoritative parents set some limits for their children, but also listen and nurture them. A blend of Permissive and Authoritarian, they get the most respect out of all types. Children of authoritative parents grow up to be the most well rounded and level headed
So perhaps the most important thing we can do for the well-being and emotional development of our children is to combine unconditional love with clear and consistent boundaries and rules.