Parenting stances. A stylish man and his young daughter look out over the ocean.

A parenting stance comes into play the moment a child is born.  There are some parents who never want to put their baby down, and others who feel that a baby needs to have the requisite space to experience the world on his or her own.  Some parents will hear the crying of their child as a clarion call, while others will hear it as an opportunity for the child to learn and grow independently.  These urges are both instinctive, and a part of the larger social and cultural conditioning that parents accumulate over the course of their lives.  This week’s episode of the ParentTalk podcast is a discussion of how parenting stances have developed over time, and should provide our listeners with an understanding of how best to establish authority, trust, and respect within their households.

“It’s through the power of a loving relationship that a parent continues to offer the essentials to their child in every step of their emergence.  No one can do this without some perspective, some idea of what, overall, they’re trying to accomplish, and that’s what we mean by the stance of parenting.”

– Arthur Lavin

Episode Highlights:

– The origins of parenting stances.

– How child development impacts parenting stances.

– Social influences on parenting styles.

– The authoritarian stance.

– The hopes and fears of authoritarian parents.

– The cultural shift away from authoritarian parenting style.

– The permissive parenting stance.

– The hopes and fears of permissive parents.

– The limitations of overly nurturing parenting styles.

– The authoritative parenting stance.

– Managing conflicts in the authoritative stance.