Gentle Parenting

Often critiqued by those who misunderstand gentle parenting, this comic demonstrates the criticism that is received from those who practice other styles of parenting.

Rosellyn Rubio, WSS Intern

While authoritarian parenting focuses on obedience and seeing results from high expectations imposed on the child, gentle parenting seeks to understand the reasoning behind the child’s actions while maintaining boundaries to allow for a space where the child can freely express their emotions without backlash. This is also different from a passive parenting style where the child is given a large amount of freedom with few boundaries or consequences.

The tiger parent in this comic represents the authoritarian parenting style, gentle parenting is represented by the orangutan parent and the hippo parent is representative of the passive parenting style.