Parenting Styles

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Are You Parenting 'The Dolphin Way'?

Dolphin parents are not authoritarian pushing parents or hovering Tiger parents (who stifle internal motivation) nor are we permissive spineless Jellyfish (who fail to cultivate impulse control), we recognize we are authority figures and use guidance, role modelling, and a balanced lifestyle to ensure the development of internal motivation, impulse control, and independence.
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Thank You to My Dolphin (Not Tiger) Mom

My mom was not an over-controlling, overbearing tiger mom. Nor was she a permissive, directionless jellyfish mom. My mom was the balance of these extremes and was firm yet flexible. She had rules and expectations -- including clearly expecting us to do well in academics with respectful behaviour. Yet, she also valued our freedom to be kids, individual passions, and independent choices.
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Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?
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Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.

I Asked My Daughter To Blog About Me. It Already Stings

I tried to give my daughter the childhood and the mother I longed for, having grown up in turbulent circumstances. But there were challenges. Otherwise I would not have gone through four major relationships, with three different father figures marching in and then out the door.