Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Parenting Styles

I have been on a parenting book kick lately.  It may or may not have something to do with the tantrums a certain person is having lately.  But I also find them interesting in general. 
So far I have read Bringing up Bebe and Happiest Toddler on the Block.  I have Love and Logic in the waiting and currently working on French Kids Eat Everything.  

Happiest Toddler had some good tidbits that I will try to use, but overall it wasn't my style.

Bringing up Bebe actually hit many points that I agree with, which led me to want to read French Kids Eat Everything.

No matter what books I read, I don't think I could ever be all about one single parenting philosophy, because who does that?  I like to pick and choose what suits me best and what I already think about parenting but just don't know how to put it into words/actions. 

Why I like some of the French parenting rules:
- your kid eats what you eat, I don't make separate meals for Leland and don't plan to start anytime soon, they also limit snacking so kids will eat their meals ( we are currently working on this)
- you have strict boundaries, but within those boundaries kids can do as they please
- you let kids play and don't follow them around constantly
:side note: I let Leland play my himself all the time or go off at the playground as he pleases.  I keep an eye on him but I don't shadow him by any means.  For some reason this isn't how a lot of other parents act, so then I feel self conscious or that they are judging me when I don't keep him on a leash.
- you teach your kid patience at a young age
- everyone enjoys their dinner and it isn't rushed

I am hoping to at least more aware of what I do/say to Leland so I can be consistent in how I parent.

What is your parenting style? (if you have one)


  1. I loved Bringing Up Bebe... I feel like that also suits my style best. My daughter is only 11 months I already follow a lot of that - I let play alone more than I do any narrated play, I kind of let her explore while I watch rather than hover (as well as I can, since she is still young). I also let her at least taste/snack on what we eat, then follow it up with some more babyish food to make sure she gets enough but so far it has worked out well. She loves Indian food and can even tolerate (slightly) spicy items.

  2. I definitely pick a little of what suits me best here and there. I think I'm going to have to check out Bringing Up Bebe.