Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What's your parenting style?

Studies have found 4 major styles of parenting: Authoritarian, Permissive, Authoritative, and Uninvolved. Check out the four types below to get a better understanding of each style. Take the quiz to see where your parenting style lies.

Authoritarian parenting is an approach to child rearing that is characterized by high behavioral standards, strict punishment of misconduct, and little communication from child to parent. Authoritarian parenting is a style characterized by high demands and low responsiveness. Parents with an authoritarian style have very high expectations of their children, yet provide very little in the way of feedback and nurturance. The authoritarian parent's word is law, not to be questioned. Mistakes tend to be punished harshly. When feedback does occur, it is often negative. Yelling and corporal punishment are also commonly seen with the authoritarian style.

Permissive parenting is an approach to child rearing that is characterized by high nurturance and communication but little discipline, guidance, or control. Permissive parenting is a type of parenting style characterized by low demands with high responsiveness. Permissive parents tend to be very loving, yet provide few guidelines and rules. Permissive parents make few demands, hiding any impatience they may feel. These parents do not expect mature behavior from their children and often seem more like a friend than a parental figure. These parents tend to be the polar opposite of the so-called "helicopter parents." Instead of hovering over their children's every move, permissive parents are incredibly lax and rarely make or enforce any type of rules or structure. Their motto is often simply that "kids will be kids." While they are usually warm and loving, they make little or no attempt to control or discipline their kids. Because there are few rules, expectations and demands, children raised by permissive parents tend to struggle with self-regulation and self-control.

Authoritative parenting is an approach to child rearing in which the parents set limits and enforce rules but are flexible and listen to their children. Authoritative parenting is a style characterized by reasonable demands and high responsiveness. While authoritative parents might have high expectations for their children, these parents also give their kids the resources and support they need to succeed. Parents who exhibit this style listen to their kids and provide love and warmth in addition to limits and fair discipline. They consider themselves guides, not authorities and not friends.  The authoritative parenting style is usually identified as the most effective. Kids raised by authoritative parents have strong self-regulations skills, self-confidence, and happier attitudes.

Neglectful/ Uninvolved parenting is an approach to child rearing in which parents seem indifferent toward their children, not knowing or caring about their child's lives. Their children can do whatever they want, which makes observers think the parents are permissive. The difference is that permissive parents care very much about their children, unlike neglectful parents. Uninvolved parents make few to no demands of their children and they are often indifferent, dismissive or even completely neglectful. These parents have little emotional involvement with their kids. While they provide for basic needs like food and shelter, they are uninvolved in their children's lives. The degree of involvement may vary considerably. Some uninvolved parents may be relatively hands-off with their kids, but may still have some basic limits such as curfews. Others may be downright neglectful or even reject their children outright.

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  1. Looks like I am authoritative one. Good post

  2. Authoritative. Hubby and I have worked hard to have an authoritative style of parenting. It takes time and practice especially if you weren't raised that way.

    1. Very true. I was raised in an authoritarian style of parenting. It was rough growing up and I knew I didn't want to raise my children that way.

  3. I got Authoritative. As a single mom I expected this. While I am strict, I have to be flexible as well. And it's the two of us, she's my best friend and needs to know she can trust and confide in me. However when it comes to rudeness, complete disregard for rules, our home or me, I lay down the law.

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  5. As a single mom I expected this Very true.