5 Unconventional Parenting Styles—Do You Do Any of These?

There are so many new parenting styles. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
There are so many new parenting styles. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

There are so many books out there telling you about the best ways to raise your children. I’ve sort of glanced over a few of them over the years, but have never stuck to one parenting style.

Reading about these five new-age parenting styles, I don’t really think a particular one is for me. Actually, I incorporate most of these styles with my children.

Some have their benefits, and some may be taken the wrong way.

Read on and see if they appeal to you.

1. Put yourself first

Parents needs are just as important as the childs. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

A parent’s needs are just as important as their child’s. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

A new book entitled All Joy and No Fun is saying mothers need to think of their own needs as much as their children’s.

Author Jennifer Senior—whose book is causing controversy, but has also been received as a breath of fresh air—says mothers are obsessing too much over all their child’s needs and development, and taking the fun out of parenting.

It makes sense to me to fulfill our needs too, but I would rather put my child’s needs first. Find out more here.

2. The alpha approach

The "Alpha" mum tries to help her child reach their full potential. (Image:Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

The ‘Alpha’ mom tries to help her child reach their full potential. (Image:Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

This style sounds the most tiring approach to me, and too controlling, which is not in my character.

The “Alpha” mother is trying to help her child reach their full potential by hovering, being pushy, and always urging their overscheduled child to be their best.

I do see how it could help your child reach higher, but children need to have fun. Read more here to see if you are an Alpha mom.

3. Free-range rearing

"Free-range parents" let their children play outside without supervision. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

‘Free-range parents’ let their children play outside without supervision. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

Now, this is an approach I would like to use, but I would be too scared to try in this day and age.

The “free-range” parent is not worried about their children walking to school or playing in the playground without the supervision of their parents. They try to allow the child to explore the world on their own without the fear of danger.

I grew up walking to school and playing without adult supervision, but I couldn’t bring myself to let my children do it nowadays. Learn more here about “free-range parenting.”

4. Treat your child like an adult

Treating your child like an adult helps them develop faster. (Image: Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain)

Treating your child like an adult helps them develop faster.
(Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

This approach has its advantages, as it can help your child advance quicker. Treating them like an adult involves no dummies, baby toys, or baby talk.

Deborah Carlisle Solomon, author of the RIE bible Baby Knows Best, says children are more able than we give them credit for.

I don’t know if I can give up the baby talk to my children; they are just so cute, and I go all gooey around them.

Read more here about this one.

5. Unschooling

Unschooling allows children to learn what they are interested in.  (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

Unschooling allows children to learn what they are interested in. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

Unschooling is like home-schooling, but without a particular curriculum. This allows children to learn what they are interested in; they choose what they want to eat, and even when they want to get up.

This sounds good for children, as they will be more interested in what they are doing, but I still believe everyone needs some discipline and a well-rounded education.

You can read more about unschooling here.

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