Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part 23: What’s Your Parenting Style?

As we continue our series on parenting, this love comparison chart serves as a helpful tool in discerning your parenting style.  This is adapted from  by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Gary Sibcy.

Parents Who

Give Healthy Love

Parents Who


Parents Who


Parents Who


Nurture kids

to be unique

Nurture kids

to be safe

Nurture kids

to be perfect

Nurture kids

to be entitled

Are respectful

and supportive

Lack respect and

are overly supportive

Lack respect for their child

Are overly supportive

Are kind and firm

Are kind, not firm

Are firm, not kind

Are kind, not firm

View mistakes as opportunities to learn

Allow no opportunity for mistakes

Allow no opportunity for mistakes

Believe mistakes do not matter

Practice collaborative problem solving

Believe their kids can’t learn to make good decisions

Consider only the parent’s will

Consider only the child’s will

Believe children are a gift from God

Believe children are a fragile extension of themselves

Believe children are an investment

Believe children are an expense

Teach living skills

Teach fearfulness

Teach drivenness

Teach laziness

Teach balance of grace and biblical truth

Teach that the world is dangerous

Teach a theology of works and performance

Teach pride and selfishness




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