8 Types of Moms: Which One are You?

attachment parentI can't believe I'm going to say this, but sometimes I wonder if our parents' generation was right. About at least one thing anyway. There were no lawnmower moms or wolf dads. They were just moms and dads.

There are so many different terms used to describe parenting styles these days that I can hardly keep them straight. Should we be free-range or attachment? And what's with all the animal names? Are we parenting kids or building a zoo?

FINALLY, I have some answers for you!

Consider this the definitive guide to all those ... shall we say creative? ... parenting titles out there.

Now you can finally figure out which one you are ... or if they're all a bunch of poppycock.

Soooooo ... which is it?


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amazz... amazzonia

Dragon mom married to a panda dad I wold say with. Touch of free range on my side, helicopter on his side and I guess ap since I breastfed, eat organic, coslept the first six moths and had a sling.....and some times I can be a tiger too I guess lol....I think  expect the wolf dad our family it's a mix of everything, and I think that's a good way to be, like everything else in life, people should keep an open mind, not follow any particular rule, and do everything  in moderation, excesses are always bad, even when it comes to ap....I mean, if you once eat at McDonald or end up using a disposable diaper your kid is not going to die...anyways, conclusion, mix of everything, :) 

nonmember avatar D

You are so right on Jeanne Sager! Since when was breastfeeding, baby wearing and living in the moment with your kid called anything other than just being a parent? Why does society always need to define everything? Any parent knows that the responsibility of being a parent is ever changing and evolving day to day even hour by hour.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Let's create a new parenting term... ok, two new parenting terms. ready?



They mean that we're doing the absolute best that we can. Sometimes we're helicopters, sometimes we're Free Range. Sometimes we're Tigers, sometimes we're Attached at the hip. We're always Dragons, but they can turn us into Pandas...

So that makes us Mom and Dad.

insei... inseineangel

@PonyChaser: Thank you.

I am a Mother. I don't need a label. Just call me Mom.

nonmember avatar Laura

I flip flop between Mom and Mama - depends on which child is addressing me.

cecil... cecillesmommy

@ponychaser well said! I'm a mama all the time! Regardless of "method", how I parent my kiddo is not a set in stone rule.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Well said Ponychaser and Jeanne I agree. At the end of the day we are not opening a zoo, let's just be thankful to be called mom and dad and do what we can to guide our children through the best we can and instead of trying to clump ourselves in one category of parenting style.

xreds... xredstarsx

Dr. Sears did not creat attachment parenting, he just put a name to it. To me it is just following my instincts but I guess that would be my title. If only we ate better then it would really fit.

Truel... Truelove77

Im a mom who will protect and keep her kids safe and fed and do anything to make sure they grow up happy and healthy. Call me Mom :)

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup we are mom and dad here. All parents put some of these 'labels' in their lives except beating kids to maitain order in the house...that is abuse. 

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