Have you heard of the new term on the parenting block called elephant parenting? I’m personally not a fan of labelling parenting styles but I thought it might help me explain this blog and what type of parents sleep training appeals to. Elephant parents are nurturing, protecting and gently encourage their children as opposed to Tiger parents who are pushy, authoritarian and low on emotional connection.
Elephant parents do not rush their babies towards independence and thus would not sleep train their babies at all or at least wait until they’re developmentally ready. Tiger parents are more likely to sleep train their babies at a young age because they want to encourage independence.
I like the sound of elephant parents, it reminds me of the term ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ These animals are known for raising their babies in a herd and if the mother cannot do something for her baby other family members step in to provide this role, even supplementing nursing. If an elephant is in danger, the whole herd will usually come to help. The herd is led by a matriarch viewed as confident, wise and inspirational by the rest if the herd. Sounds great but not entirely realistic in our world.
Amy and Elspeth
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