Being a parent is the most meaningful job that most individuals will ever face. The choices you make as a parent will significantly influence whether your kid will turn into a successful and content grown-up or not. It's an immense duty.
Parenting is a challenging and essential task, though many parents just replicate the same tactics employed by their own parents. How often do we hear individuals rationalize their decisions by saying, "That's what my parents did and I came out alright."
Parenting in this manner discounts the fact that over time, there have been numerous studies on child development, many of which contradict the conventional parenting knowledge of the past.
Dr. Kristyn Sommer, the holder of a PhD in child development, has been given a great amount of recognition on social media due to her commitment to teaching "evidence-based parenting." Consequently, her know-how has made her a backer for methods that oppose traditional parenting knowledge and has caused a bit of disagreement.
Sommer offers tactics which are based on her own research.
Dr. Sommer opts out of sleep training, decides to co-sleep with her daughter, and refuses to refer to her as "naughty" or "bad." Her theories on discipline are further explored in the next .
Dr. Sommer employs positive reinforcement as a method for disciplining her child and as she mentioned in the prior video, refrains from using expressions such as "naughty" or "bad." When her daughter does something incorrect, she has her think about whether she is making a wise or an unwise decision.
It is commonly perceived that tantrums are a sign of misbehavior, however it is actually an accumulation of the many small pressures that a child goes through during the day that finally build up to a point where the emotions become too much to keep in. This then leads to an eruption of feelings which is a natural way for a child to express themselves.
Dr. Sommer is ardently opposed to any form of physical discipline, such as spanking, corporal punishment, etc. She believes that it has little impact on behaviour and can lead to negative consequences in the long run.
Dr. Sommer is unconcerned with instructing her little one on the alphabet and counting. She expresses that it "doesn't really do them any good" but instead they should be playing as that is where they develop most effectively.