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What is gentle parenting?

Updated: 7 days ago

Generally speaking, when we have a child under our responsibility, we do our best to try and raise them as the best version of themselves. We try to give them a comfortable environment for them to grow into the person they will become all while trying to teach them the ‘right’ notions and ways to behave for them to become a functioning member of society by installing discipline. But at the end of the day, it’s not as simple as it looks, many factors come into play. Each parent goes about different ways of doing that and has their own notions of what is considered the proper ways to act in society.

There are many ways one goes about disciplining their child. Some prefer the traditional structure of punishments and rewards while others lean toward different, more unconventional methods, and that’s where gentle parenting comes in. But what is that exactly? Gentle parenting, often associated with the term attachment parenting, first introduced by the American pediatrician William Sears, is a parenting philosophy based on empathy, understanding, and mutual respect. There are many ways in which these principles are integrated into parenting routines and discipline.


One of the first places where this method shows itself is in the reward and punishment system found in traditional parenting. Or the lack there off to be precise. Indeed, gentle parenting rejects the idea of rewarding your child for good behavior or punish them when they do somet