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6 Parenting Styles Explained

There's no such thing as perfect parenting, and it's perfectly natural to weave in and out of various child-rearing styles. In a 1971 study of preschoolers, the research identified three primary parenting types: authoritative, authoritarian and permissive.

Authoritative parents set high expectations for their children while also offering plenty of guidance. They discipline with kindness and firmness. Children with authoritative parents tend to perform well in school, have good peer relationships and are able to develop independence.

While also having high expectations of their children, authoritarian parents tend to be less nurturing and more likely to use harsher punishments. They see obedience as virtuous, which can lead to self-esteem issues and depression.

Loving but lacking rules, permissive parents tend to treat their children as friends. They believe kids will learn for themselves, but studies show these children are more likely to struggle academically and experience anxiety or aggression.

Other parenting styles have become more prominent in recent years, including gentle, free-range and helicopter parenting.

Rooted in empathy, gentle parents are not seen as authority figures but rather as collaborators in their children's lives. This style builds a strong parent-child bond through trust.

Free-range parents encourage their kids to become autonomous while still enforcing rules and expectations. They believe their children will encounter consequences through experiences.

On the other end of the spectrum, helicopter parents tend to hover over their children to shield them from discomfort. This may lead to less resilient kids who have difficulties with independent problem-solving.

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Also in this issue...
Fun Facts About Flowers
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Hoops History Looking Back at the College Basketball Championship
Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Fun Facts About Flowers

Beginning with the earliest civilizations, flowers have adorned Earth's landscape. These blooming beauties were cultivated not only for medicinal and religious reasons but also for aesthetic value. In fact, flowers arranged in vases can be seen in some of the earliest wall carvings. From decorating the wreaths of ancient Greeks to a modern bride's bouquet, colorful blooms play an important role in our culture and traditions.

On March 12, you can celebrate this deeply rooted connection on National Plant a Flower Day. As spring approaches, dig into the joy of planting with these floral fun facts.

  • The world's smallest flower is the watermeal or duckweed, measuring under 2 mm across.
  • More than 60% of flowers grown in the U.S. are farmed in California.
  • Some flowers like the pyrethrum daisy can be used as natural insecticides.
  • More than 300,000 different species of flowering plants exist in the world.
  • At a cost of more than $3 million over 15 years to develop the hybrid, the Juliet rose is the most expensive rose ever cultivated.
  • Flowers can generate heat to attract nature's pollinators.

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

As the seasons begin to change, so should your home maintenance priorities. Prepare your property for spring with these tips to keep all components running smoothly inside and out.


  • Replace HVAC filters and schedule professionals for system maintenance.
  • Check the water heater for rust and leaks.
  • Evaluate and replace washing machine hoses, as needed.
  • Remove any buildup in the dryer vent.
  • Examine electrical outlets for frayed wires and loose plugs.
  • Change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and test alarms.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers.


  • Clean gutters.
  • Trim trees and shrubs.
  • Assess roof and siding for weather damage.
  • Tune up lawnmower.
  • Reseed bare spots in the lawn.
  • Touch up exterior paint and stain, as needed.
  • Wash windows.
  • Clear debris from foundation vents and window wells.

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Hoops History Looking Back at the College Basketball Championship

Every March, college basketball fans root for their favorite team during the biggest tournament of the year. But where did this tradition originate?

In 1939, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament began when Oregon beat Ohio State to win the first national title. At that time, the contest featured only eight teams. The number of slots doubled 12 years later, and the 64-team tournament hoops fans are now familiar with began in 1985.

Here are some fun facts about the tournament from

  • Biggest Comeback: Duke's 22-point rally against Maryland, 2001
  • Biggest Upset: 16-seed Maryland-Baltimore County over 1-seed Virginia, 2018
  • Highest-Scoring Game: Loyola Marymount's 149–115 victory over Michigan, 1990
  • Highest-Scoring Player: Duke's Christian Laettner with 407 points over 23 tournament games, 1989-1992
  • Most Points During a Game: Notre Dame's Austin Carr with 61 points against Ohio, 1970
  • Most Tournament Appearances: Kentucky, followed by North Carolina and Kansas
  • Most Tournament Game Wins: Kentucky, followed by North Carolina and Duke
  • Most Tournament Championship Game Wins: UCLA with 11 wins

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Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. freshly chopped Italian parsley, divided
1 lb. loaf crusty sourdough or artisan bread
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
½ Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, salt, and 2 Tbsp. parsley. Set aside.

Without cutting all the way through, slice the bread diagonally. Then slice on the other diagonal to create 1-inch diamonds. Place large sheet of aluminum foil on baking pan and position bread in center.

Drizzle butter mixture and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese into the cuts in the bread. Fold up sides of foil and cover with more foil to enclose bread. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove top foil and bake for 5 minutes until edges begin to brown and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Serves 6–8

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