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What parent styles should I avoid?

Michele Borba
Psychology

The Seven Deadly parenting styles to be avoided are:

Deadly Parenting Style 1: Helicopter Parenting
Hovering over your kids, hurrying to smooth every one of life’s bumps.

Deadly Parenting Style 2: Incubator “Hothouse” Parenting
Pushing your kids into learning earlier than appropriate for their cognitive age and developmental level.

Deadly Parenting Style 3: (Quick-Fix) Band-Aid Parenting
Relying on fast solutions to temporarily fix a problem, instead of aiming for real, lasting change.

Deadly Parenting Style 4: Buddy Parenting
Placing popularity with your child above establishing limits, boundaries or saying no.

Deadly Parenting Style 5: Accessory Parenting
Measuring your worth and success as a parent based on your child’s accolades.

Deadly Parenting Style 6: Paranoid Parenting
Obsessively keeping your child safe from any physical or psychological harm.

Deadly Parenting Style 7: Secondary Parenting
Relinquishing your influence such that your children’s world is controlled more by outsiders-including corporations, marketers and the media.

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