January 22, 2018

Family Centered Parenting

Family Centered ParentingWith all the focus and rage (both positive and negative) that the Time article on Attachment Parenting caused, a lot of questions have been surfacing on what is the right type of parenting. In fact, there have been several questions raised on how to do parenting also.

There certainly is a balance between child and parent focus in parenting. It is called family centered parenting. This takes all the family’s nuances, personalities, likes, dislikes, etc into consideration when parenting. This does not mean that you cannot have some non-negotiables in your parenting style. It is more like a “whole family” approach.  Here is a great article with more information –

Family Centered Parenting

Rather than focusing entirely on parenting child-centered or parent-centered, perhaps we should be looking for the healthy middle ground, where both parents and children are valued equally. This doesn’t mean parents aren’t the authority. And this doesn’t mean that children aren’t expected to have boundaries on their behavior. Children are wired to look to their parents for guidance, but that authority doesn’t need to be harsh.

I like to say that parenting with attachment is family-centered. It takes the good components of the child- and parent-centered parenting styles: children are in need of round-the-clock attunement from their parents but parents have very real needs for personal balance. Click here for full article.

A hierarchy of least to best parenting styles would look like this – child-centered, parent-centered, family-centered. This takes some assessment of what is working for you now and what isn’t. Then you can look through this family centered parenting filter to determine what changes you might want to make to your parenting.

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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. Very nice post Julie. I always believe that children needs respect from us the way they respect us. Family centered parenting is a team work between the parents and the children.
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