Thursday, January 31, 2013

3 Types of Parenting Styles

Daughter with her unhappy parents 

Disciplining children is one of the hardest things to do.  As a parent you want to control their behavior in the most effective way, but sometimes you don't know how.  Helping your children become respectful and self-controlled is your responsibility as a parent.  Each parent has their own way of parenting.  Maybe you mimic how you were disciplined as a child or you observe others around you such as friends or family.  Here are three types of parenting styles:

  • Authoritative Parenting-This type of parent has rules that they expect their children to follow and there are consequences to their behaviour.  Authoritative parents have expectations of their children, but if those expectations are not met they don't resort to punishment.  They communicate with their children and listen to what they have to say.  They are responsive and nurturing. 

  • Authoritarian Parenting-Like an authoritative parent, this type of parent has rules, expectations and consequences but they are less affectionate.  If the rules are not followed their children are punished.  Authoritarian parents are not responsive to their children and don't communicate with them.  They usually say things like "Because Mommy Said So."

  • Permissive Parenting-This type of parent has very little rules and expectations of their children.  They are affectionate towards their children and communicate with them, but are more like a friend to them instead of a parent.

So, what type of parent are you?

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