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“Move over tigers, helicopters and snow ploughs, there’s a new parenting set on the nursery run and their approach is really quite different. Wave hello to panda parents.
Coined by author Esther Wojcicki the popular parenting style is appealing to more and more mums and dads, but what is it?
Simply put, panda parenting is all about gently guiding your little one as opposed to shoving them down the parenting path.
Where snow plough mums and dads mow down obstacles in their child’s way, and helicopters hover behind prepared to step in at a moment’s notice, pandas are all about giving their little ones the freedom to do things their own way.
According to author Wojcicki the largely hands-off parenting style combines a mixture of hard and soft techniques to offer the “perfect ratio of cuddliness and claw.”
Advocates of this outside-the-box parenting claim guiding rather than pushing their children along the way, helps them to be more independent, while also encouraging them to develop a sense of responsibility.”
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