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4 Parenting Styles And How
It Gives Impact To Your Child

As a parent, you have your own ways of taking care of your child. Parenting styles are sometimes influenced by the culture you have or how you were also brought up by your own parents.

Parenting Styles
You always want the best for your child and you should assess your style of parenting and how it gives impact to your child.

Diana Baumrind, a psychologist in the early 1960s, conducted a study on more than 100 preschool-age children and came up with these 4 styles of parenting...

1. Authoritarian Parenting

In this style of parenting, parents command their children on what they must do. Children are expected to follow the strict rules their parents have established or else, they will be punished.

It is a dictatorial style of parenting. Children must obey their parents' orders without questioning.

Authoritarian parents, if asked to explain, would simply reply, "Because I said so."

Parents practicing this style of parenting are highly demanding, but they are not responsive to their children.

Impact to Children

Children who grew up in authoritarian families will become obedient, proficient, and very disciplined but have low self-confidence, poor self-esteem, social skills, and higher levels of depression.

2. Authoritative Parenting

This kind of parenting is like authoritarian but parents listen and understand their children.

They still provide strict rules and guidance but they nurture and forgive when their children fails to meet their expectations rather than punishing them.

Their disciplinary actions are made to encourage and motivate their children to do well.

They are neither restrictive nor intrusive. They are responsive and listen to the questions of their children.

Impact to Children

Children who are raised by authoritative parents will grow up to be more responsible.

They will be able to adjust to certain situations that demand cooperation easily. They will not have problems with affection since they can express themselves.

This style of parenting results to a happy, capable, and successful child.

3. Permissive Parenting

This is also known as indulgent parenting. In permissive parenting, parents allow their children to do whatever they want.

They do not demand their children to become responsible and they avoid confrontation. Indulgent parents are more responsive than demanding.

They become more as a friend to their children than being a parent. They are non-traditional and very lenient to their kids.

Impact to Children

Children raised by indulgent parents have a wider imagination and are more creative but they tend to develop behavioural problems as they grow up because they have difficulty accepting responsibilities.

They cannot perform well in school and experience problems with authority.

This kind of parenting results to unhappy children.

4. Uninvolved Parenting

Some parents choose not to involve themselves with their children.

They do not fulfill the needs of their children. With this parenting style, parents do not care about the well-being of their children.

Impact to Children

Children who grow up in uninvolved parenting perform poorly in school. They tend to lack self-control and have low self-esteem.

Out of the 4 parenting styles according to psychologist, Diana Baumrind, authoritative parenting gives more positive impact to children.

Uninvolved parenting is not ideal but there are some parents who practice this parenting style.

How you want your child to become in the future is the result of what kind of parent you are now.

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