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What kind of parent are you?

June 3, 2019



As a strength coach over 10 years I’ve seen it all. I think they are missing the coach parent 🤣. The parent who coaches from the side knowing well they don’t know what’s going on. This is important to mow because it will help you see how things may turn out in the future. How we are with our kids have a huge affect on some

Of their success academically & socially. We need to be overly cautious on the comments or examples we might be showing them. Although we used the phrase “when I was young” well good job mom and dad. It’s a different time. So, be a dolphin parent darn it! Hope this article helps coaches and parents become better at both! 






* Parenting Styles.
* Lawnmower Parent.
* Tiger Parent.
* Elephant Parent.
* Jellyfish Parent.
* Dolphin Parent.
* Helicopter Parent.
* Attachment Parent.

Lawnmower parent, paves the way for child and never lets them build autonomy. Does a lot of work for them.

Tiger parent, strict and disciplined. Seems good but never lets kids fail and learn from failing. They can’t adapt to ups and downs.

Elephant parent, like namesake totally opposite of tiger and nurtures and protects. They can’t build resiliency.  

Jellyfish parent, just like the elephant just a tad more lenient. Usually has few rules, gives in to avoid confrontation usually over permissive. Child will show confidence outside but lacks direction and usually looks to peers for support.

Dolphin parent, are the balance of these extremes. They’re collaborative and have rules and expectations, but they also encourage independence and creativity. Like the dolphin, they’re firm and flexible and use their community to nurture their child’s nature. This balanced approach results in children who develop a sense of autonomy over their lives but still have impulse control. Dolphin children are able to follow appropriate rules and guidance and are better able to establish healthy independence.

Helicopter parent, tend to hover, and this can continue through college. Parents who take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children. Some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by helicopter parents and lacking in resilience.

Attachment parent, like to have close contact with their baby through babywearing, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. These parents use natural closeness rather than a schedule to determine their babies’ needs. Parents also emphasize role modeling and positive discipline by using praise and rewards for good behavior and loss of privileges for poor behavior.

Free-range parents, allow their kids to walk to school or the store alone. Young children may be allowed to ride public transportation or go to the playground unsupervised. Free-range parents believe this freedom promotes independence and self-reliance. But it’s not been without controversy as others have seen it as dangerous and neglectful.

What kind of parent are you?  




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