“Everything depends on upbringing.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
All parents will agree that their children are an important and integral part of their lives. While some may know how to maintain a sense of balance in their parenting strategies, others are likely to put their children’s needs first almost all the time, often at the expense of their own health or their child’s preparedness for the world outside their home. Most parents are child-centric in some way or another. So in today’s article, we will discuss what it means to be a child-centered parent.
The term ‘child-centered’ is often used in child development. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counselling mentions a few key pointers on child-centric parenting. They are as follows:
Like all other parenting styles, there are criticisms for child-centered parenting as well:
Parents need to remember that for things to work in the long run, there must be a balance. Excessive attention to the children’s wishes and demands may not prepare them for the harsh and unfair nature of the real world. Parents need to learn how to show up for their child in a way that makes them better prepared.
What is your take on child-centered parenting? How are you preparing your child for the real world? Do you have any tips that you would like to share with other parents? Let us know in the comments below, or drop a mail at [email protected].
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