Last Updated on March 5, 2021 by Diane Hoffmaster
This post about the lighthouse parenting style is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.
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Why Lighthouse Parenting Caught My Attention
Helicopter parenting. Free-Range Parenting. With so many parenting styles, how do you find the 'right' one to raise your kids by?
Lighthouse parenting caught my attention because of the idea of balance. Both of my kids are in college. It's vital that I find balance between guiding them towards a safe and stable future and letting them make mistakes occasionally, so they learn vital life lessons.
My job as a 'lighthouse' is to provide guidance, protection, and a 'light' to lead the way. But I can't steer the boat for them. No matter how much I want to!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.