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The Secret to Raising Successful Children

Psst,
parents! Want to raise happy and successful children? Put down that Battle
Hymn of the Tiger Mother

book and land the helicopter parenting methods.

Pyshcologist and author Madeline Levine tells us all about the secret
of good parenting:

While parents who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate
come in for ridicule, many of us find ourselves drawn to the idea that
with just a bit more parental elbow grease, we might turn out children
with great talents and assured futures. Is there really anything wrong
with a kind of “overparenting lite”?

Parental involvement has a long and rich history of being studied.
Decades of studies, many of them by Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental
psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that
the optimal parent is one who is involved and responsive, who sets high
expectations but respects her child’s autonomy. These “authoritative
parents” appear to hit the sweet spot of parental involvement
and generally raise children who do better academically, psychologically
and socially than children whose parents are either permissive and less
involved, or controlling and more involved. Why is this particular parenting
style so successful, and what does it tell us about overparenting?

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