Can you believe it? We’ve made it to the last “mom style” in our series! We’ve looked at three different kinds of parenting so far (Helicopter Mother, Crunchy Mama, and Techie Mommy) and now we’re at the finish line! Last up in the style spotlight is the…
On the Parenting Style spectrum, the Laid-Back Mom is the complete opposite of the Helicopter Mother. She couldn’t care less about rules and curfews and doesn’t see why this bothers you so much. She sees herself more as a “peer” than a “parent.”
The Laid-Back Mom is the definition of hands-off parenting. She doesn’t have a day planner and certainly doesn’t worry about filling the calendar with play dates and extra-curricular activities. Mellow to the max, she also doesn’t scare easily; so unless there’s blood or broken bones, she’s not batting an eye at most boo-boos. Her laid-back style extends to all areas of her life, not just her children. If she doesn’t keep her kids on a strict schedule or say “no” often, chances are she won’t exactly be the queen of time management in her personal life either.
One of the biggest trademarks of the Laid-Back Mom is that she doesn’t care what other people think. This can be a great quality to have when it comes to dealing with other parents’ competitive nature. There won’t be any Helicopter Mother tendencies, like pushing her child to be the best at all costs, with this mom. Since she doesn’t force her children into anything they don’t want, she is allowing them to have their own identity and do what makes them happy.
In an attempt to keep everything chill, she avoids confrontation and rarely uses or enforces rules. A house with no restrictions can lead to a chaotic environment, lacking structure for the child. The child isn’t the only one to suffer negative effects from an overly hands-off approach. The Laid-Back Mom can become so permissive that her kids take advantage of her and she will end up feeling like a doormat. Like with any parenting style, things tend to go south when taken to the extreme.
The Progressive Parent
A bit of a mix between the Crunchy Mama and the Laid-Back Mom, the Progressive Parent rejects the stricter style favored by their own parents or grandparents. With a distaste for anything deemed “old-fashioned,” this mom is all about embracing a more liberal and open-minded lifestyle. Some tend to err on the side of being a bit self-righteous, and will freely tell you how wonderful and forward-thinking their parenting style is and why you should be progressive, too.
The Hipster/Trendy Mom
Just like the name sounds, these parents are all about the new and the now. You know the joke “How did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he ate his pizza before it was cool.” Well that same “too cool for school” cliché applies to their parenting style. They tend to impose their own pop culture faves – onesies with rock ‘n’ roll bands on them, quirky/unusual names, baby mohawks, and anything “ironic” – onto their unsuspecting children. But who knows? Maybe a new trend will come along and this, too, will be passé (wink wink).
Wow! We’ve reached the end of our “What’s Your Mom Style?” series! But here’s a little spoiler alert: next week’s post will have a nice little roundup and review of some of our favorite mommy moments! Chime in below with what you’ve thought about the series and thanks for reading!