Parenting is hard.
We all know there is no How To manual, in fact, most of us simply parent the way we were parented. As educators who work with our students’ parents (or as parents ourselves) it is beneficial to learn about the different styles and personalities of parents so we can better understand those with whom we work and can communicate with them effectively. In the 60’s, clinical and developmental psychologist Dr. Diana Baumrind conducted groundbreaking research on parenting styles, identifying four different types:
Since Baumrind’s research, parenting has evolved and two additional styles have emerged: Snowplow Parenting and Helicopter Parenting. As the names imply, Snowplow Parenting ensures nothing is in our children’s way,...