QoW: What's Your Edu-Parent Style?

This is an interesting article I received from DreamBox Learning which I wrote about some time back.  Here is the full newsletter.  The article is about educational parenting styles, which is a topic that I have been particularly interested in lately.  At the end of the article, you can take a quiz to identify what your educational parenting style is and learn what are the advantages and disadvantages of each parenting style.

Here is the article:

Parents can get lots of help understanding their parenting style — the way they raise and interact with their children. Because parenting styles can influence our children’s development and behavior many parents want to learn about their own style, and there are probably thousands of articles and books published on the subject. Parents often try to make conscious choices about their parenting style, always aiming to become more effective and raise responsible, independent, happy children.

At DreamBox we recognize how hard parents work to help their children learn, and even more importantly, to grow up loving the process of learning. So we’ve worked with a group of recognized educators — experts on parent education with over 30 years of community leadership — to co-author The DreamBox Edu-Parent Quiz.

The DreamBox Edu-Parent Quiz is designed to help parents assess the style with which they interact and engage with their kids on variety of educational topics. The authors have identified a range of edu-parent styles. There’s no right or wrong style — each offers benefits and presents unique challenges. It is valuable, therefore, to recognize your style and be conscious of ways to use it most effectively! The five different styles that our experts have identified are:

The Coach

Coaches expect their children to always do their personal best and become successful learners. They steer them towards situations that play to their learning strengths. The feedback coaches give helps their children course-correct, and learn from any experience.

The Historian

Historians share knowledge and confidence born out of experience. They want kids to understand and benefit from valuable lessons they have learned. Historians take time to explain how to complete tasks and projects, and show their children how to take proven and effective approaches in their life.

The Mentor

Mentors are focused on preparing their children for life-long learning. They listen and guide with questions, often providing decision-making opportunities. By modeling independent problem solving, Mentors hope their children become independent learners and thinkers in their own right.

The Observer

Believing that children learn from their experiences, and with a high tolerance for mistakes, Observers feel children do best with minimal parental interference. They know the more experiences their children have, the more confident they will be as adults.

The Superhero

Superheroes understand the value of hard work and persistence, and have high standards. Because Superheroes are dedicated to the end result, they help their children finish projects and provide encouragement and assistance to make sure they always do their best.

Take the Quiz.

I took the quiz and this is my Edu-Parent Style:

What's Your Edu-Parent Style?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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