So, in this blog we manage to include reference to both presidential nominees. Thank you for reading!
The diversity of parenting styles and context for individual parents, children and families is infinite. MyFampal has researched this area quite extensively, and there are huge arrays of anecdotal information and opinion on parenting styles, but very limited evidence that one style of parent support offers better long term benefit over another.
Food for Thought
Success Means Different things to Different People
How is success measured? Health? Education? Relationships? Happiness? Social conscience? Annual earnings? Charitable giving? Number of likes on Social Media?
Who is the most ‘successful’ adult – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Which one would you like your child to emulate? [Zeitgeist example – like milk, best served fresh]
Styles and Expectations Vary Greatly Between Cultures
Contrast the high-pressure Gaokao exams in China with US and UK preference for continual assessment. These very different teaching methods meet with mixed approval of parents, but still dominate in those cultures.
What Factors Impact ‘Parental Success’ in Raising a Child
I am assuming that factors such as love, compassion, nurturing etc are taken as read. In no particular order, and by no means exhaustive…
Time, childhood trauma, childhood trauma for parents, teen mental health issues, age, socio-economics, genetics, education, health, peer group, career choice, beliefs, political view, gender, and resilience.
How many of those can a parent truly impact?
What do you think?
This blog first appeared as an answer to a question posed by a user on Quora and answered by John Kerrigan.