I 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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Naming parenting styles after animals all seemed to start in 2011 when writer Amy Chua's book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother hit bookshelves. Chua came out with claws sharpened in a Wall Street Journal piece titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior."
So what IS a tiger mother? She may or may not be Asian (Chua's description was based on practices common in households ethnically similar to her own), and they're extremely strict disciplinarians.