Parenting ethos: What it is and how to make it work

Parenting ethos: What it is and how to make it work

Before having kids, you probably didn’t consider the idea of having a parenting ethos. But it actually makes sense to have a “parenting vow” to live by. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at what a parenting ethos is and showing you a few examples of how yours might look.


What is a parenting ethos?

According to the idea of Attachment Parenting, a parenting ethos is based on the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds. This leads to secure attachment between children and their parents.


What does a parenting ethos look like?

Although it can be made up by your family as you go along, here are some examples of what can go into a parenting ethos.

  • Always let the kids see how much mom and dad love each other. When kids are able to see how much their parents are in love, it creates a safe haven for them and makes them feel secure in their own


  • Never put each other down in front of the kids. Try to always portray a beautiful, respectful, harmonious relationship to your kids.


  • Don’t do baby talk with the kids. Aim to always teach your kids about real life. And treat them like adults. One way in which we achieve this is to get down to their level (physically) and listen to them. Even though your kids are still young. You can treat them with the utmost respect and give them your undivided attention whenever they need it. They need to learn about real-life situations so that they can grow up and brave the world out there one day. By fostering a positive environment in your home, you’re providing them with all the tools they’ll need to become successful adults in life one day.


  • Always reward the children for their achievements. This isn’t about material things. It’s about praise and appreciation which your kids can see.


  • Be honest with the kids and always model honesty in everything you do. Teach your kids that being honest is the ONLY way to go. Have your kids understand that when you’re dishonest, it’ll always catch up with you. And that the truth will eventually come out. As a family, you never lie to each other. Because honestly, what’s the point?


  • Teach the kids to honor themselves and have self-respect. Ensure your kids are always dressed appropriately and modestly. They also need to have good hygiene and take great care of themselves because they’re great little humans and should value and respect that.



By Jess Green

Jess is a happy father and avid supporter of kiddles, writing occasionally and keeping the website afloat. His favourite kids activity is hiking and teaching kids about nature.

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