--Original published at Michael's Blog
Considering all of the different types of parenting, they all have their pros and cons. While tiger parents, may strive to have their children be very successful academically, their kids may not be allowed to go out and have fun like some of the other kids can do. For jellyfish parents, it is the opposite. Jellyfish parents will let their kids have more freedom and fun, which can lead to lower grades.
My thoughts on parenting are that parents should be more laid back and allow the child to do what they want without being pressured. The parent still needs to be authoritative when necessary. With the parent allowing the child to do what they want, there could potentially be a better bond between the two. When parents are more strict to their children, it can cause feuds and the child may be not as close with their parent as a parent who is less strict.
When the child becomes a teenager, it is natural for them to try and act out in different ways. They may start partying and staying out late. The parent in this case should have a talk with them, but should not completely make them stay in. If the child wants to do something, the parent should let them do it. Being more authoritative in this case is just going to lead to the child doing things behind their back without them knowing, which could actually be worse.
I feel it is important to be in your child’s life as much as possible. Being a loving and supporting parent is what makes a good parent. When a child messes up and has to tell their parent, they shouldn’t be scared to death to tell them. There definitely should be punishment, but it should be somewhat relaxed, depending on what the child did. It is okay to be a helicopter parent, as long as you give the child some space every so often.