The evidence demonstrates that tailored parenting based on a child’s distinct character and genetic composition can reduce stress and benefit both parents and children. Although parental stress has been rising, intense parenting is not necessary.
Parental stress levels have been increasing for years, and the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. The intensive parenting approach, where every decision is seen as crucial to a child’s well-being, has led to exhaustion and poor mental health among parents. However, scientific evidence shows that such intensive parenting is not necessary for raising happy, healthy children. The biggest factor influencing a child’s outcomes is their genetic makeup, not specific parenting styles. Recognizing this, personalized parenting based on each child’s unique nature is proposed as an alternative. By understanding a child’s genetic code and focusing on their individual needs, parents can have a greater positive impact. This approach doesn’t require extra effort but rather attention, flexibility, and adaptation to each child. Letting go of the super parenting mindset and embracing personalized parenting can alleviate parental stress and benefit both parents and children.