Helicopter moms, snowplow moms, tiger moms, free-range moms…these parenting types are usually defined in the negative: well, at least I’m not THAT. But might there be useful takeaways from any parenting style that we can custom-blend for ourselves?
Helicopter moms, snowplow moms, tiger moms, free-range moms… we usually define all of these parenting types in the negative: well, at least I’m not THAT.
But are there useful takeaways from each of these parenting styles that we can combine cafeteria-style to create our own? Can we reject some of the judginess of free-range parenting, or the tyranny of tiger momming, and still find things to love? What do we miss when we reject other moms' ways of doing things full-stop?
Here are links to the books and articles we mention in this episode:
Amy Chua: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Foster Cline and Jim Fay: Parenting With Love and Logic
Nancy Gibbs for Time: Roaring Tigers, Anxious Choppers
The Grammarphobia Blog: The Original Tiger Mother?
Dr. James R. Laider for Autism Watch: The "Refrigerator Mother" Hypothesis of Autism
Heather Marcoux for Motherly: 'Snowplow parents' and the lessons we can take from them
Jessica McCrory Calarco for The Atlantic: 'Free Range' Parenting's Unfair Double Standard
Claire Cain Miller and Jonah Engel Bromwich for NYT: How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood
Arti Patel for Global News: ‘Panda parenting’ is all about giving children more freedom — but does it work?
Katie Roiphe for Slate: The Seven Myths of Helicopter Parenting
Emma Waverman for Today's Parent: Snowplow Parenting: The Latest Controversial Technique
Esther Wojcicki for Time: I Raised Two CEOs and a Doctor. These Are My Secrets to Parenting Successful Children
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