Parenting a child is difficult work. There are times, when dealing with a child, parents may not know the best way to handle certain situations and events. Sometimes, a parent may find the way in which they've been relating to their children hasn't led to the results they've expected. Parenting styles are most commonly divided into three categories: authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative. Does one of these styles work the best?
Authoritarian parents attempt to always be in control of their children. Parents with the authoritarian style have many rules and strict structure in their children's lives. Children living with parents practicing an authoritarian style are expected to always be obedient. In an authoritarian home, children rarely have input into their lives.
Permissive parents allow the children to lead. Children raised in a permissive parenting style home may lack rules and discipline. Parents may raise their children as peers, rather than a set "parent-child" relationship. In permissive parenting style homes, the children run the house.
Authoritative parenting is a middle ground between authoritarian and permissive style parenting. Authoritative parents allow their children input in to their lives, but still set rules and expect those rules to be followed. Parents practicing an authoritative style of parenting try to be conscious of their children's wants and needs as well as their own.
Of the parenting styles, authoritative parenting is usually considered the ideal style. A child's temperament and adherence to rules may also influence which parenting style is best. Some children may need the strict rules of an authoritarian parent in order to thrive, and other children may need the freedom a permissive parenting style permits. In most cases, however, an extreme version of either is not desirable.
Often times in families, a unique way of parenting is developed that does not neatly fit in to any category. Parents have to adjust to their own children to find which form of parenting works best in their families. If something is currently not working, it is often due to inconsistency in parenting style. When a child knows what to expect from a parent, a child's response is often the expected result as well.
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