Have your parents or in-laws ever frowned at how you raise your children? \u2018Ah, millennials,\u2019 they might say. But it is true that the way we educate and raise our children is different because we are faced with a different set of challenges from when they were raising us. It is why we have to be progressive parents when educating our children. Sure, there are still times when we will have to agree and accept our parents\u2019 guidance and opinions on how to raise the children. But other times, you\u2019d have to trust your parental instinct and learned knowledge to do what\u2019s best for you and your child. We need to be progressive parents as it drives us to help our children grow with a mind that practices critical thinking, out-of-the-box thinking and open-mindedness in their growing up journey. So, do you think you are progressive? Are you like your parents, or have you got a parenting style that is entirely your own? Here are the characteristics of progressive parenting often practised by parents today. Always Up-to-Date and Willing to Accept Changes It is not that you cannot hold on to family traditions and even some old ways of disciplining, but as progressive parents, you are always open to receiving insight on how to parent well. It is not only the consideration to adhere to long-established beliefs or ways but also accepting new ways of caring for and raising your children. Instead of following the crowd or what was proven to be effective before, you are willing to pave new experiences with your children. Cultivating a Distinctive Parenting Style Instead of raising your children using methods practised by the previous generation, progressive parents seek to understand the needs of their children. Once you know what their needs and love languages are, you are then able to adopt a parenting style that fits the current situation. It is not about parenting trends. We've heard of how \u2018Asian mums\u2019 raise their children, where authoritarianism rules out everything. You don\u2019t want to give absolute freedom to your child to do everything they desire either. Alternatively, progressive parents practice a balance where they accept success and failure while journeying with them to be better human beings. Growing Together With Your Children Spending money on your children does not cut it. Instead of treasuring material things, children love it more when parents involve them in what they do. A progressive parent isn\u2019t a goal-oriented perfectionist but one who values the process of growing up together through shared experiences. Walking with them through the challenges they face builds their self-worth and self-esteem. It also makes them happier when parents spend quality time together with them. Do you practice any of the three characteristics above? Or do you already possess the characteristics of progressive parenting, as stated? 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