Slow Parenting: What Is It?

In our society of ‘kiasu’ parents who prioritise academic achievements and educational progress over one’s well-being, this new style of parenting that has gained traction healthily counters the fast-paced standards of living in Singapore. While parenting is subjective and every parent has his personal opinions on how to raise his children, it is beneficial to be exposed to many types of parenting styles to decide which is best for you and your child.

The parenting style that will be covered in this article is called ‘Slow Parenting’, and the advantages and disadvantages of this parenting style will be discussed to provide more insight into what it is and whether it is a style that might work for you.

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What is slow parenting?

Slow parenting is a type of parenting style that focuses on taking things slowly instead of bustling through life and growth when it comes to your child. It prioritises quality over quantity, like spending quality time with loved ones as opposed to stacking multiple social and educational enrichments for your child. This allows parents to spend more time with their children and be more immersed in their life.

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Is slow parenting for you?

Slow parenting focuses more on spontaneity than having to plan out the months ahead for your child, allowing your child to grow in a natural setting without being influenced by external parties. With this parenting style, you will have more time with your family to bond better and take part in random plans that you feel like engaging in the moment.

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Advantages of slow parenting

  • Slow parenting inculcates independence and responsibility as your child develops his own needs and solves it himself.
  • Children tend to be more adventurous and creative as they have the space to explore and are not restricted by anyone’s teachings.
  • Children have more opportunities to learn from their mistakes, making them more observant and attentive to details.

 Disadvantages of slow parenting

  • Children might be at an academic disadvantage as they are not as exposed to academic training that early in life.
  • More supervision is needed to ensure that children do not do inappropriate activities that might harm them or get them into trouble.
  • The lack of control and planning by parents might lead the children to feel neglected or unloved as it might not seem like their parents care enough to plan for their future. 
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