What is your parenting style?
One of the most interesting things about being a parent is that there are multiple methods on how you want to raise and educate your child. At the same time, parents are similar to each other. In fact, there are enough similarities as researchers have tried to group parents into four common parenting styles.
Your parenting style refers to the combination of strategies that you use to raise your children. The work of Diane Baumrind in the 1960s created a categorization of parenting styles. The four Baumrind parenting styles are:
- Authoritarian or disciplinary parents
When we mention authoritarian parents we often think of discipline. They use a strict style of discipline with little negotiations. The punishment is common. The communication is mainly one way: from parent to child. Usually, the rules are not explained. The expectations are big with a limited flexibility.
- Authoritative parents
Authoritative parents are reasonable and have high and clear expectations. Children, whose parents demonstrate this style, have tendencies to be self-disciplinary and to think of themselves. This style is thought to be very useful for children. Disciplinary rules are clear and explained. Communication is common and suitable for the children’s understanding level.
- Permissive parents
Permissive parents allow their children to do whatever they want, and they offer limited guidance. To their children, they are more of a friend than a parent. Their disciplinary style is the opposite of strict. They have little or no limits and rules at all. Parents in this category tend to be warm and nurturing. Their expectations are minimal, or they don’t exist at all.
- Uninvolved parents
Uninvolved parents give children too much freedom and generally, they stand out of their way. Some of these parents may make a conscious decision to parent in this way, some are not interested and unsure what to do. An uninvolved parent allows the child to do what he likes best, probably out of lack of information or negligence.