This newsletter topic was excitedly generated out of a conversation amongst the Wellness Team counselors! This was a “real life” dialogue discussing the many different parenting approaches, and how they show up amongst our students, in the school and social settings. Understanding parenting styles is crucial for fostering a nurturing environment that promotes healthy child development. Reflective parenting, where parents consciously consider their actions and the needs of their children, plays a significant role in effective parenting. Being "firm, fair, and consistent" is essential in this process. A fair approach ensures that children feel understood in the context of each situation, rather than rigidly adhering to a specific set of rules or expectations. Now, while we “label” and define the four types of parenting styles below, keep in mind that it’s just that-”a label!” We should not judge, or even limit ourselves to squeeze into a “box.” There might be elements that really work for you and your family, and others that absolutely do not. Focus less on the “titles” and more on the things you are doing that are working, and other areas that you might want to improve upon.
We hope you had a restful and restorative winter break!
As we return to school and the rigors of academics, we begin thinking of the best ways to continue supporting our students. We know not all students learn the same way. What is the best way to support and encourage neurodiverse students?
As parents, everyone strives to provide unwavering support and create an environment that nurtures a child’s unique strengths. When you are parenting a neurodiverse child, that can sometimes be easier said than done.