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Find Your Parenting Style: A Guide to the Right Approach for Your Family

By: Ready Nest Intern, Kaci Metzger

Oh the peaks and valleys of parenting… if you are a parent you know what I’m talking about. Parenting is one of life's most rewarding and challenging journeys. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising children, but finding the right parenting style for you and your family is important. The type of parenting style you choose can have a profound impact on your child's development. Here, we'll explore how to find the approach that aligns best with your values, your child's needs, and your unique family dynamics.

How to Find the Right Parenting Style for You

Discovering the right parenting style for you and your family involves a process of self-reflection, understanding your child's unique needs, and considering the dynamics of your household. Here are some steps to help you find the most suitable parenting style:

  1. Reflect on Your Values: Do you prioritize independence, discipline, emotional connection, or environmental sustainability? Confidence in your core values will guide your parenting style decisions.

  2. Consider Your Child's Personality: Take time to understand your child's temperament, strengths, and challenges. Consider their individual preferences and what style of parenting would best support their development.

  3. Evaluate Family Dynamics: If you're co-parenting, it's important to have open discussions with your partner to align on parenting goals and approaches. The unique structure of your family, including the number and ages of your children, can also influence your parenting style.

  4. Be Open to Adapt: Remember that parenting styles are not set in stone. As your child grows and changes, your parenting style may need to adapt as well. Be flexible and willing to adjust your approach as your child's needs evolve.

  5. Practice Positive Discipline: Focus on clear communication, set reasonable expectations, and offer appropriate consequences to create a supportive and nurturing environment for your child's growth.

  6. Prioritize Self-Care: Take time for self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance. When you are physically and emotionally nourished, you will be better equipped to support your child and choose the right parenting style for your family.

  7. Build a Support Network: Join parenting groups, participate in workshops, and engage with online communities to share experiences and advice with like-minded parents. Ready Nest offers support groups and resources to create opportunities for connection and community.

  8. Seek Guidance: Ready Nest counselors can hold space in individual and couples therapy for you to process the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches and provide guidance on tailoring your parenting style to your child's specific needs.

Finding the right parenting style for you is a journey of self-discovery and adaptation. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, and what works best for one family may not be suitable for another. The key is to align your parenting style with your values, your child's unique needs, and your family dynamics. Be open to evolving your parenting style as your child grows and changes, and remember that the ultimate goal is to provide a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment for your child to thrive. Whether you choose authoritative, attachment, permissive, or a hybrid of different parenting styles, the most important thing is to be present and engaged in your child's life, fostering a strong parent-child bond that will last a lifetime.


If you find yourself in need of professional help, don't hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a session. Our dedicated team at Ready Nest Counseling is here to help you navigate life's challenges and transitions with care and compassion. Whether you're experiencing difficulties related to conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, loss, parenting, or relationships our therapists are ready to support you. We offer both in-person and virtual therapy. Schedule a therapy session with us today and take the first step towards a healthier you. Ready Nest Counseling also offers support groups for new moms and those who have experienced pregnancy loss. Remember, you don't have to face it alone – we're here for you.


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