Parenting: Parenting Programs and Evidence Based Parenting
Relationship is the norm of life. There are certain relations we choose in life such as spouse, colleagues and friends. Whereas all other relations have been acquired due to our birth and which we need to follow and pursue even if we don’t like it. Since time immemorial, these relationships have existed though certain elements of those relations have changed and modified with time.
The relationship of parents and their child is one such relation we acquire. We can’t choose our parents, since that is something already pre-decided by the almighty. Similarly we can’t choose our child that is decided by the nature. But what we can choose and talk about is nurturing the children. We can improve our parenting to improve the way the child grows up to become a better individual. From ancient times, learning about parenting and nurturing children have been received by our ancestors and our parents which we tend to follow and modify according to our knowledge, experience, understanding and exposure.
This knowledge, understanding, and exposure have been further boosted with the advent of technology. Technology has given us the boon of internet and search engines which gives us ample scope to learn and understand the basic facets of parenting starting from the days of pregnancy to the adulthood of the child. Parenting programs have become very crucial in the modern societies where every individual leads a very busy life with both the parents pursuing their own careers in majority of the cases. Such parenting programs can either be undertaken with a specialized counselor or in case the parents are too busy, there are several online parenting programs which can benefit the parents. In case of online parenting programs, the parents can continue the coaching program along with their busy schedules and from the comfort of their homes and offices.
There are four primary parenting styles – authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and uninvolved parenting. In case of authoritative parenting, the parents encourage their children to be responsible, think for themselves and accept and consider the rules only after understanding their reasons. The authoritarian parents believe that their orders should be accepted and they should be respected; they also tend to emphasize on punishments. The permissive parents, though are responsive and warm with their children, they tend not to set rules for their children which can make the children indisciplined. The last type of parenting style is the most unsuccessful of all parenting styles where the parents offer minimal or no emotional support to their children and thus lack any control over their children.
These days a new concept of parenting program is on the rise. The practitioner or the counselor guiding the parents on parenting supplements their own experiences to evidence based researches conducted all across the globe by various researchers and then suggest the best possible method to solve a particular problem related to parenting. They also use the evidence based research to guide the parents in general. The evidence based researches with their outcome and data supplements the practical experiences of the practitioner which tends to provide the parents with the best possible outcome.