Embrace your parenting style
Do you see yourself as a positive parent? A study by children’s brand Stokke reveals over half (51 per cent ) of parents in the UK describe themselves as positive parents, meaning they have a style of parenting where you understand that you’re the one in charge but acknowledge that it’s important for you to listen and respond to your child’s individual needs.
Interestingly, Millennials and Gen X seem to regard themselves as positive parents/authoritative, compared with Generation Z who value a permissive style of parenting, where they are more likely to agree to their child’s wishes and highly value being seen as a friend as much as a parent.
There is also a noticeable gender divide in parenting styles as 60 per cent of women say they are positive parents, while just 33 per cent of men say they are. A quarter of dads claim to be authoritarian parents, telling their child what to do rather than asking them, with only 1 in 10 mums believing they take this approach. In the survey, 64 per cent of mums said they were likely to show their child they love them, compared with only 41 per cent of dads claiming to do so.
Interestingly, mums in the survey were much more likely than dads to say they were told off harshly as children by their own parents!