Journal article

Conforming to intensive parenting ideals: willingness, reluctance and social context

Clara Smyth, Lyn Craig

Family Relationships and Society | Policy Press | Published : 2017

Abstract

It is widely argued that parenting has intensified in recent decades and that family life has become increasingly child-centred. Intensive parenting represents a cultural shift in parenting behaviour that requires enactment at the individual level. Moreover, adherence to intensive parenting standards is often presented as a conscious/willing adoption, whereby parents choose to parent in a particular way. This article explores why parents conform to intensive parenting ideals. Data are drawn from in-depth interviews with 29 parents in Sydney, Australia, during which they reflected on the differences between their children's childhood and their own. The article argues that while parents confor..

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