The 8 Different Parenting Styles – Which One Are You?

You’ve probably heard of the helicopter mum, the authoritative parent and the attachment dad, but which ‘parenting’ category do you fall into? We’ve uncovered eight of the top parenting styles. So tell us, which one best describes you?

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Parenting Styles

When it comes to raising children, we all have the same goal in mind – to raise happy and healthy humans. However, the way we choose to parent our children can be vastly different. In a world where we are inclined to give everything and everyone a label, the experts in the parenting industry have come up with a number of different ‘labels’ for parenting styles. Here are eight that you may have heard of but may not fully understand.


You can find the attached mum demand feeding, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping and babywearing. Attachment parents believe in little separation between mother and child in early childhood (and beyond).

The core belief in attachment parenting is that an early bond between infant and parent results in secure and independent adults.


Every child has the right to an opinion and this is especially the case for children of conscious parents. Conscious parents believe that, while parents should influence their children, their kids’ choices are up to them.

A conscious parent is an influence, not an authoritative figure. And the child is often the boss.

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The holistic parent has the desire to live and parent with awareness of how their journey affects themselves, their families and the planet. Eco-friendliness is high on the list. Discipline is not.

Natural parents teach their children to love, cherish and respect all beings, an important quality for all children to learn.

Slow Or Free-Range

Do you let your kids roam free? Then you might be classified as a free-range parent. This is one of the biggest parenting trends of today, where kids are allowed to venture outside the closed-in box that modern society has created.

The free-range parenting philosophy states that children should be free to explore the world at their own pace and with independence. Supervision is required, but not within arm’s distance.


Hate saying no to your kids? Then you may fall under the permissive parenting category. Permissive parents have very little rules or guidelines and prefer to let their children find their own path with very little expectation or pressure put on the child.


Prefer to parent in a similar strict approach to your parents? Then you may be an authoritative parent, which is often passed down through the generations and which acts on the idea that children need rules, regulations and expectations in order to succeed.

Authoritative parents create reasonable demands for their children to help out, to respect others and to be active members of society.


Tiger mums roar with pride. The term comes from Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which Chua describes herself as a tough, disciplinarian mother.

Tiger parents are renowned for being strict and placing huge importance on their child’s academic careers and success.


There is no mistaking the child of the helicopter parent. These are the kids at the park with an over-sized shadow lurking close behind. Helicopter parents tend to hover around their kids, protecting them from any threats or dangers that could happen possibly happen.


Babies are pretty smart. And baby-led parenting takes this idea and runs with it. Baby-led parents look to their child for prompts on what to do next. Routine, structure and even basic feeding and sleeping times are not guided by mum or dad, but by bub.

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These are only a few of the countless different parenting styles that pop up in the parenting textbooks. But regardless of whether you are a holistic, helicopter or attachment parent, we encourage you to embrace your beliefs in your parenting.  Because, at the end of the day, you’re the mum. And you know best.


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