As we approach the anniversary of COVID-19 and the worldwide shut-down, you might be noticing how much can change in a year. More than likely, as a parent, you’ve had to make some adjustments since March 2020.
When we go through big life events, we often notice what is and isn’t working in our lives. For parents, my hunch is that many of you have had to make some adjustments in your daily routines as well as your parenting style. Perhaps your typical style of communicating with or disciplining your child became ineffective in such a stressful time. Or, maybe you realized you had picked up some bad parenting habits and those became glaringly clear as you spent day after day at home with your kids.
Chances are, you’ve made numerous small and big changes in your family and in your parenting this year, and if you feel like you still don’t have it right, you’re not alone. Even though we’re a year into the socially distanced life doesn’t mean any of us are experts. But that also doesn’t mean it’s too late to make some changes for the better.
A study done on parents in Germany during the first few months of the pandemic might be able to provide some guidance for effective parenting changes you can make as the pandemic lingers.
The study, published in the Child Development journal last month, found that parents and children are happiest when parents practice something called autonomy-supportive parenting.
If you’re familiar with the three parenting styles I’ve written about before, autonomy-supportive parenting falls under the authoritative parenting style, which is the perfect middle ground between tyrant and push-over.