What’s Your Parenting Style?

Learning to be a good parent is a never-ending process which can be complicated and overwhelming at times. Parenting styles can heavily influence a child’s life and personality development. No pressure!

Helicopter parenting


Although every parent wants the best for their child, can we be overdoing it? What would you do to ensure your child’s success? When is enough, enough?

Perhaps our good intentions are creating young adults who cannot navigate adulthood or exhibit a “failure to launch” – meaning young people, 19 to 28, lack the essential life skills necessary to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Read the list below? Do any of these parenting styles sound familiar? Maybe the key good parenting is a balance? Learning to empower our children to make decisions, allowing them to experience natural consequences (if they don’t do their homework what happens?), and parenting with adulthood in mind.


Lawnmower Parent

These parents are called lawnmower parents because they “mow” a path for their children removing all obstacles that may cause discomfort, challenges, or struggles. This parent not only helps their child but probably does a lot of the work for the child or at least checks to make sure that everything is correct.

Tiger parent

The tiger parent is known for putting excellence in academics and carefully chosen extracurricular activities above leisure time. Parents are authoritarian and have high expectations. This is tough-love parenting, where children are expected to respond to challenges.

Elephant parent

The complete opposite of tiger parenting, these parents value emotional security and connection. Independent sleeping may not occur during the first five years. These parents seek not to raise their voices and value encouragement over academic or athletic success.

Helicopter parent

Parents tend to hover, and this can continue through college. Parents may be over-involved and always assessing risk, thus preventing children from developing that skill.

Dolphin parent

Parents value raising happy, healthy, and motivated kids without turning into a tiger. These parents seek collaboration, flexibility, and balance. The acronym POD further defines this parenting style. P for play, O for others, and D for downtime, which includes rest, exercise, and sleep.

Attachment parent

Attachment parents desire close contact between baby and caregiver through breastfeeding, baby wearing, and co-sleeping. These parents use natural closeness rather than the clock 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 parent

These parents allow their kids to walk to school or a nearby playground alone. Young children may be allowed to ride public transportation or shop alone. 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. Learn more about Free-range parenting and the ways it can benefit you child’s development.



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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
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Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
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nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”