What are the Parenting Styles?

What kind of parent are you? How do you manage and discipline your children? Parenting is not an easy responsibility, but it is also fun. There are various ways and strategies to raise children. Some parents are “helicopter parents” who monitor every step of their children’s lives, while other parents give their children space to move freely and develop independence.

Parenting is a trial and error, you do not always do it right the first time, but as time moves forward, you and your partner will learn and discover the kind of parenting style that is fitting for your children.

Here are some parenting styles that help you better understand what kind of parents you are:


Authoritarian or Disciplinarian Parenting

It is a style of parenting where they discipline their children with rules and punishment. Communication is mostly one way; only the parents can speak and ignoring the child’s point of view. Parents set standards and expectations for their children.

Parents who discipline this way are less nurturing and drive their children to rebel against them. The children tend to have low self-esteem and dependent.


Permissive or Indulgent Parenting

Permissive parenting is the opposite of “helicopter parents”; parents allow their children to do what they want with limited guidance. There are few or no rules and minimal expectations. There is open communication; parents give their children the freedom to express themselves and make decisions. They tend to be nurturing and loving parents.

The parents demand little to their children leading to a lack of discipline, poor social skills, and insecurity. Since the parents give limited guidance, children can make poor decisions and be more prone to delinquency.


Uninvolved Parenting

The children have freedom, and parents neglect their responsibilities. Parents are unsure of how to raise their children. Due to a lack of interest in parenting, parents usually let their children do things independently without caring what they are doing. The communication is limited, there are no expectations, and the parents are less affectionate.

Neglectful parents do not develop a connection with their children, which leads to poor social skills and low self-esteem. Children receive little attention, love, care, guidance, and discipline.


Authoritative Parenting

The parents are reasonable, responsive, nurturing, and set clear expectations. Authoritative parenting is the most effective because children grow as independent, well-mannered, and successful person in the future.

The authoritarian parents set rules that are reasonable and beneficial for the children. They balance their approach to their children, showing respect, listening, and cooperating with them. When children make mistakes, they talk about it with them and explain the consequences of their choices and actions. They help their children to become better individuals.

Parents are the most critical people in a child’s life. They help the child develop independence, know his identity, lead him to the right path, and guide him to better life experience.

Parents are the people behind every child’s success. Every child is unique, and every child has dreams; when parents raise him accordingly, he can become the next Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Barack Obama. The children are the future so raise them well.


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