Parenting Now versus 30 Years Ago

Are you a more laid-back parent than your own parents were?  Someone talked to 1,000 people with kids under 16, and 1,000 parents with children over 30.  Here are the top five old-school parenting rules we USED to enforce . . .


1.  Respect your elders.

2.  You don’t always get everything you want.

3.  Kids have to do chores.

4.  You have to sit down and eat together as a family.

5.  You have to behave, especially in public.

Now here are the five most common parenting techniques today . . .

1.  Positive reinforcement instead of punishing them for bad stuff.

2.  Giving them room to learn from their mistakes.

3.  Giving them space to be playful and silly.  73% of parents today say they try to be more playful than strict.

4.  Doing your best to connect with them.  That’s compared to just 37% of older parents who said they tried to be “friends” with their kids.

5.  Helping them identify their feelings and process them.