This is going to be part of a 3-blog series about parenting styles. Over the last couple of years people around me have been becoming parents and I have seen so many different parenting styles. Over the last four months I have finally understood these parenting styles firsthand.
The first type I see is the “domineering mother.” The mother that spends hours reading on the Internet, buys every book that was ever made for parenting, and runs around like a chicken with their head cut off.
I know a few mothers like this (by the way I am not saying any parenting style is better than another!) and they spent 9 long months eating only certain foods because they were better for the baby. I would be drinking caffeine (which my doctor had said was okay in control amounts) and they yelled at me telling me I was harming my baby.
They don’t give their children pacifiers because it interacts with breastfeeding, or allow individuals around their child because they have had all the recommend vaccines ever made.
I have noticed that sometimes it is harder to talk to these mothers because they think their way of parenting is the best way therefore the only way.
I am all for reading up on parenting and learning what I can from experienced people but I do not spend every waking moment reading the internet and books because bottom line is you may be a parent but you are not a parent to my child and the truth is every child is different.
Also to me it seems that these moms are so stressed out because they are so unwilling to take help from others, fearing that others might not do it the way the books say.
I wonder if you are a domineering parent with your child if you will be with your child, or does your parenting style change? Does your parenting style change as your child changes? Is the extra stress worth it? What are your takes? Are you a parent like this?
This is not my parenting style, as of now, maybe because I am so overwhelmed with work and school, or maybe because I was raised in a different style? Either way I am curious to hear from domineering parents why they chose this style. Please share your thoughts!