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What are some different parenting styles?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Different parenting styles include Marshmallow Mom, Iron Mom and Flexo Mom. Watch the video as Dr. Mike Roizen and Dr. Ellen Rome describe the pros and cons of these different parenting styles.

 
Bonnie Harris
Pediatrics

There are two broad extremes—the parent who has a hard time saying "no" (parent A) and the parent who has a hard time saying "yes" (parent B). A parent tends to put the child's needs ahead of her own, often unconsciously, and does little for herself to refuel. In this scenario, the child is often given too much power and too few or inconsistent limits, the parents gives and gives, until resentment takes over, and she blows. Parent A may be afraid to say no and set limits for fear of her child being unhappy or not loving her. Parent B fears "giving in" and losing control, and the child "winning". Parent B sees his own needs as more important than the child's and the child ends up with too little power to feel capable and will either give in to the parent's wishes, losing a strong sense a self or resist, rebel and act out in the fight for power depending on the child's temperament. Often we swing back and forth between closer to A or closer to B, but if a button gets pushed, we automatically swing to the end of the spectrum that more defines us. Our goal as parent is to work toward finding a balance in the middle of the spectrum.

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