The Intersection of Innovation and Parenting

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

This week's topic is provided by innocat Ari Yares. He has previously described his attempt to create an innovative approach to parenting in a blog post, and the following is his framing of our discussion on this topic.

There are lots of parenting styles to choose from like authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. We’ve added to this list tiger moms and helicopter parents. You can even be a free range parent. In a recent post on PopSugar , journalist Katherine Stahl described her parenting style as survivalist. In other words, just getting through the day, by any means necessary.

And for many of us, this is our reality. The demands of balancing parenting with our other competing demands so challenges us that we are unable to become anything other than survivalist parents.

But is this what we should aspire to? Could we do better than just getting by? Don’t our children (and don’t we) deserve more?

Innochat has been a source of conversation about innovation in a myriad of settings. We’ve looked at innovation in fields like technology and healthcare. Can we turn our tools of innovation inward on our relationships with our children and our partners to improve life on the home front?


Let's discuss innovation and parenting in #innochat on Twitter on Thursday February 2, 2017 for an hour starting at 12 noon, based on the following questions:

  1. How do you create space for innovation in parenting when decisions are made on the fly under pressure?
  2. Do you need a parenting vision in order to be an innovative parent?
  3. How do you incorporate your children’s and partner’s points of view into your parenting innovations?
  4. What is the role of failure and iterations in innovative parenting?
  5. How do you communicate about attempting to innovate to your children?


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