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Exploring The Parenting Spectrum

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Parenting has become an industry.  So many books, videos, experts, (ahem) bloggers, and talk shows tell parents what they should and shouldn’t while raising their kids.  I’ve had the pleasure of reading a great variety of interconnected articles this morning that I thought you should see.

The spectrum these articles (and their comments) cover is just fascinating.  It’s interesting to see the choices people make – methods that seem “extreme,” changing their approach in midstream, and what their parenting approach could say about how they view parental success.

Your reflection on these different topics can give you some good insight on what you are doing and why you do it.  Even if you can tell that you don’t agree with something you see here, keep reading to widen your perspective.  In many cases, we can still glean something of value in a philosophy that we may not embrace.

Note to Parents: Stop Trying So Hard – This gives parents permission to relax a little more in their parenting.  The author emphasizes how kids’ genetics and predispositions may have more influence on how they turn out than all the expert parenting techniques and piano lessons.

Are Chinese Parents Really The Best Parents – This is a review of a book by a Chinese American woman who raised two daughters in the United States.  The reviewer cites some of the author’s comparisons between Western and Chinese parents.  Here’s an excerpt from her book: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

All Hail To Ferber – This is a short article about one mother’s experience with getting her baby to sleep.  She used both attachment parenting methods and the more self-soothing Ferber approach.  Regardless of what method you have used, it really speaks to the impact sleep has on young family.

It’s OK to explore parenting methods different from your own once in a while.  It can shake you out of automatic pilot mode and remind you to be more deliberate in your approach.  On a personal note, I’m really excited that I finally laminated my kids’ chore chart.  One step at a time, parents, one step a time.

So readers, what do you think about what you see here?

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Exploring The Parenting Spectrum

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2011). Exploring The Parenting Spectrum. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


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