Parenting Styles: Dolphin Parenting
Posted on: September 27, 2019.

The dolphin is a unique animal. It is amicable, sensible, social, and intelligent, and its body is firm yet flexible. Parenting characteristics that are identical to those of a dolphin is called “Dolphin Parenting”. Balance is essential for both life and parenting.

Independence, rules, work, and play needs proper balancing. Firm and flexible communication, collaboratively, needs to be encouraged to achieve greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behavior and academic performance. A dolphin parent is the perfect balance of the heavily dominating “Tiger Parent” and highly permissive “Jellyfish Parent”, that allows for both cultured behavior and freedom of expression, views and opinions.

“Tiger Parenting” aims to ultimately reach high levels of achievement and pushes children in that direction, enforced through very strict rules. Further propelling their kids’ academic excellence are the only activities it participates in and thus follows a harsh regimen. Contrastingly, allowing children to pursue any activities without consequences, due to their permissive parents and lack of authoritative figures, increasing their likeliness to be involved in risky behavior, are characteristics of “Jellyfish Parenting”.

Dolphin Parenting is a balanced mix of creativity and independence subject to rules and expectations, and parents who follow this style of parenting raise their kids by guiding and role modeling in a collaborative fashion.

In China, parenting children characteristically involves an enormous amount of energy. For Chinese parents, the psychological health and socio-emotional well-being of their children is much more important than just academic excellence, as they wholly understand what it means to be a better parent for a child in today’s world.

This comes as a prelude to Dolphin Parenting which is “Authoritative”—considering the needs of children and allowing for discussion—rather than “Authoritarian”—demanding the child’s obedience while ignoring its needs. Authoritative parenting gives kids the space to make mistakes and express themselves in a respectful manner, by opening the doors of communications on either side.

For children to grow and learn on their own, Dolphin Parenting is of great benefit. To gain intellectual skills, children must be allowed to make their own decisions, and learn from the mistakes they make from them, by not hovering over their every move (“Helicopter Parenting”) and giving them their own space to experiment and experience. Dolphin Parenting lets children interact among their peers and develop greater social skills overtime by striking a balance between work and play. This type of parenting also increases self-confidence and self-motivation in the children.

For children to find success on all aspects of life raising children with a balanced style of parenting, like Dolphin Parenting, is critically essential. A plague in the daily lives of children is that lack of parenting balance. Children won’t learn to protect themselves if parents spend too much time protecting them. For children to balance work and life in their adulthood, they must spend more time living in the real world than working at a desk.

They would have a hard time being able to relax if they don’t spend enough time resting and unwinding, having to spend too much time studying or practicing… …and a hard time facing and solving their own problems if given too much instruction and not enough time to solve their own problems.

Children won’t even know what it feels like to be balanced if they grow up with a loss of balance. For better adaptability, emotional health and self-motivation, Dolphin Parenting by valuing play and learning from trial and error should be allowed for children as social bonds with others should be created genuinely.


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