Parenting Styles Demystified: Quick Go-To Guide for Navigating the Maze of Child Raising!
As adults many of us look back on how we were raised with a mile-long list of things you would never do, or just do better. While others use their parents’ parenting style as their parenting Bible. Parenting styles can have a big impact on how kids grow up. Now, there’s no one “right” or “wrong” way to do it, but some approaches just seem to help children develop better in the long run.
- Authoritative Parenting: This one is like the gold standard of parenting. Authoritative parents set clear rules, discipline consistently, and also show understanding and emotional support. They strike a balance between demanding and responsive.
- Authoritarian Parenting: Now, these parents are super strict and controlling. They expect obedience and don’t offer much comfort or communication. While this style can result in obedient kids, it might also lead to resentment or low self-esteem.
- Permissive Parenting: Permissive parents are pretty laid-back. They don’t set many rules and rarely discipline their kids. This approach emphasizes independence, but it can also lead to impulsive behavior, self-control issues, and trouble with authority.
- Neglectful Parenting: This one is the worst of the bunch. Neglectful parents are unresponsive and emotionally distant. They don’t provide structure or rules, which can really mess with a child’s development. It can cause emotional and behavioral problems.
Remember, these descriptions aren’t one-size-fits-all. The best parenting style is often a mix of different approaches, tailored to what each child needs. If I’m being honest my style is about 75 percent permissive and 25 percent Authoritative. It may not be the best mix, but it works for me and my kids are pretty awesome.
Here’s a great piece on parenting I loved.