--Original published at Kaylyn's PSY105 Blog
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Not only do you bring new life into the world, but you are expected to raise them into their best selves. Once people learn that they are going to become parents, research begins. Some parents will scroll through the trendy parenting blogs, read parenting books, and/ or watch videos on the best ways to parent. Most parents want to raise the “perfect child” and be the best parents for their child. However there is no one solid answer to how to perfectly raise a child, some parents take parenting to the extremes. Some popular terms lately are helicopter parents, tiger parents, and jellyfish parents. Either they are watching their child’s every move, pushing their child, or leaving their child alone. When parents take on one of these parenting types, it can cause their child to have some issues later on in life. This may include lack of independence or teaches them how to not have much respect for rules.
Parenting is hard and there is no perfect way to raise a child since all the children are unique. However, the extremes that helicopter, tiger, and jellyfish parents go to are probably not going to raise a great child. I think there needs to be a healthy mix of involvement, rules, and independence in a child’s life. Parents should be involved in a child’s development because kids need guidance and a support system to establish growth inside and out. Parents are a child’s first teachers and help them learn right from wrong and how to grow into a great adult someday. In my mind, a parent should teach their child how to be a kid but also how to become more independent once they are a bit older. This does not mean let the child make every decision or else we might have children named Batman running around. Kids need their parents in order to become great people and to be respectful, kind, caring, and more. Children need a healthy mix of helicopter parenting, tiger parenting, and jellyfish parenting; in order to, help them develop.