Rather than making demands, those who practice gentle parenting give their children different options with the act of understanding, respectfulness, and protecting their boundaries. Credit: Photograph courtesy of Phinehas Adams/Unsplash.

This post was originally published on Afro

By Marnita Coleman 

Raising children is a monumental task. 

Parenting style influences the home and can impact families and communities for generations– long after a mother or father has passed. 

Parents are often recalibrating their techniques to fit the concerns of their children. What’s interesting is parenting styles vary from too strict to too relaxed. Desiring an intermediate approach, many are now choosing gentle parenting, an evidence-based way to raise happy, confident children.

Gentle parenting is no more than positive parenting rebranded for today’s families. It emphasizes fundamental components such as empathy, respect, understanding, and boundaries. These areas are instituted with regard to your child’s intellect and age-appropriate development. For instance, instead of making demands, parents are gently and considerately allowing their children unique options by showing them respect,  understanding, and protecting their boundaries. 

“I used to hate having my activities interrupted and being called to immediate attention by my parents who didn’t seem to care that I was busy doing something. I felt so violated, that when I became a parent, I vowed never to do that. I respected my kids’ space and permitted them a moment or two to respond to my calling. I’d wait patiently, as long as they acknowledged they heard me,” stated Hadassah Teeh, a gentle parenting practitioner from West Baltimore.

A passage from the Bible suggests agreement with gentle parenting. Parents are rebuked for harsh parenting styles, and instructed to model positive traits so their children will learn from them and follow the ways of the Lord. 

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