“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is one of your favorite quotes and your child already knows it by heart. You are a careful planner in every activity with many detailed lists in order by priority and usually color coded for easy reference. This is responsible behavior and irresponsible behavior is not having a plan because danger lurks behind every corner and you might be unprepared. It is important that you set the proper example for your child in behavior, thought, and control of your emotions so you are very careful about what you say, how you say it and explaining why you do what you do.
You are a Cautious Parent. As a cautious parent, your favorite questions will be centered around the word “Why”. Why did you do that? Why didn’t you finish that? Why aren’t you doing it this way? Cautious parents are detail oriented, analytical, and perfectionists but when pushed they can become irrationally moody and over explain. If your child is like you, they will ask a ton of “why” questions and be thrilled that you take the time to respond.
The Good. There is reason and logic behind every decision and you are more than willing to explain how you came to the conclusions that you did. You love to share your knowledge of the world in detail and could go on and on about one topic for hours. Your child enjoys having their own personal “Encyclopedia” who is very resourceful and can cut research time down to a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, most schools don’t accept “Dad” or “Mom” on the works cited page.
The Bad. You have a desire to share your wisdom with your child but too much information at the wrong time can do more damage than good. Over explaining things does not equip your child to reason through things for themselves and frequently your child will be lacking in critical thinking skills as they have learned to just trust your judgment rather than figure it out for themselves.
The Ugly. As an adult, if your child is still relying on your wisdom to guide their life, they will continue to flounder at nearly every job they do. Still looking for someone to spell out every detail so they don’t have to think for themselves and risk making a mistake, your child will find comfort in menial employment instead of living up their full potential.
Understanding your parenting style is not about beating yourself up and or pointing fingers at your spouse. Rather it is about understanding your natural strengths and weaknesses so you can build on the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. Remember, cautious parents are aware so be aware and minimize the over explaining.
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