I have fond childhood memories of playing tag, hide-and-seek, and other outdoor games with neighbourhood friends for hours on end with no adult supervision. Yes, I took swimming, piano, and Tae Kwon Do lessons, but there was plenty of leisure time in between. Back in those days, I don’t think much consideration was made by my parents or their peers about their own parenting style. Now kids are bogged down by structured activities, have less time for free play, and are provided with less opportunities to take risks and develop problem-solving skills. Much of this stems from a wide range of parenting styles, including some rather extreme forms of parenting.
Here’s a breakdown of common parenting styles and how they could shape your child’s development. [Read more…]