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Gentle Parenting To Good to be True?

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No matter the parenting style, let’s all agree not to be the Sarah McLachlan to our children. I remember in the 2000s turning on the TV, and the first thing I hear is…

🎵“in the arms of an angel”🎵 

…commercial, wanting to instantly change the channel before the tears roll down my face and I see the sad puppies. I sadly never had enough money to save all the puppies. One of my biggest regrets, so I always avoided it. 😅 So, as I said, let's not be the 🎵”in airs of the angle”🎵 commercial to our children so they don't mute or change the channel to us.

One more thing on Sarah…but before we continue this conversation, go support the creator we love today, here’s our favorite TikTok clips of them.

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One thing that Sarah McLachlan commercial had me thinking about was the age of those commercials; they're kinda old, and it got me thinking about the age of gentle parenting.

Fun Fact that I just learn: Gentle parenting is younger than that commercial 🫨

Yes, it’s true! Many suggest that gentle parenting was first chimed by Sarah Ockwell-Smith with her book “The Gentle Parenting Book”. Which was published March 3, 2016. With the goal of using empathy, respect, understanding and healthy boundaries. This should raise happier children that are more confident and independent.

But the real surge happened around May 2021, with the peak hitting around January 2022! It has stabilized, but looking at Google Trends, it seems like it's making another run up.

With such a young trend on Google Trends and growth that only picked up in 2021, is it too good to be true? 🫣 

🤫🤫 Imma let you in on a secret…gentle parenting is also known as an Authoritative parenting. The American Psychological Association says, “this parenting style, the parents are nurturing, responsive, and supportive, yet set firm limits for their children. They attempt to control children's behavior by explaining rules, discussing, and reasoning. They listen to a child's viewpoint but don't always accept it.” This sounds very similar with the goals of gentle parenting…👀

So before we pin down how long authoritative/gentle parenting been going check out who’s supporting us today!

*Please give a gentle round of applause too…*

This is Parenting

By: Leslie Hannans

This is Parenting: Demystifying parenthood is a fresh, new take on an old tradition, Parenting! For centuries, parents have engaged in a long tradition of parenting, based on how we learned. But, have we questioned our parenting techniques? Have we thought critically about what our actions can do to harm our children? This is exactly what This Is Parenting explores. We will dive into behavior modification, origins of modern parenting, skill acquisition, and more!

So, back to when did gentle parenting actually began. During the 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind categorized parenting into three primary styles: authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive. Subsequently, in the 1980s, Stanford researchers Eleanor Maccoby and John Martin introduced a fourth parenting style, neglectful.

Here’s a quick summary of them all:

  • Authoritarian parenting is characterized by a dictatorial and overbearing approach, enforcing strict rules and demanding obedience without explanation. This can lead to a "follower" mentality, difficulty in discerning right from wrong, and low self-esteem.

  • Authoritative parenting strikes a balance between structure and independence, providing clear standards with emotional support. This style allows children the freedom to make mistakes within reasonable boundaries, fostering self-assurance and responsibility.

  • Permissive parenting allows considerable freedom without strict rules, often seeking a friend-like relationship. The lack of structure can lead to issues such as poor emotional control, rebellious behavior, and engagement in harmful activities.

  • Neglectful parenting involves minimal interaction, lacking rules and affection, endangering children and potentially leading to removal. Consequences include depression, difficulty forming relationships, and engaging in delinquent behavior due to attachment difficulties.

So it really looks like gentle parenting has been here way longer than Sarah McLachlan commercial.

So…Why is Gentle Parenting Taking Over Social Media

Gentle parenting has emerged as a transformative approach, ushering in a new era of nurturing and understanding. Despite its recent surge in popularity, tracing its roots back to Sarah Ockwell-Smith's groundbreaking book in 2016, it aligns with the longstanding principles of authoritative parenting recognized by the American Psychological Association.

As we navigate the diverse landscape of parenting styles, let's not forget that gentle parenting, with its emphasis on empathy, respect, and healthy boundaries, has been a silent force shaping the way we raise our children for much longer than the tear-inducing commercials of yesteryear.

*Only watch if you are ready to shed a tear…*

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