All You Need to Know about Parenting Styles

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Why do I want to discuss this topic? Because parenting styles are the key to successfully raising a responsible boy. What is it exactly?

"A psychological construct representing standard strategies parents use in raising their children."

One of the most famous classifications was developed by Diana Baumrind (a Research Psychologist at the Institute of Human Development from the University of California, Berkeley). She identified four main styles:

  • Authoritarian/Military Parenting
  • Authoritative/Democratic Parenting
  • Permissive/Nondirective Parenting
  • Neglectful/Uninvolved Parenting

    Because research has shown that parenting styles were strongly linked to the outcome in child behavior, I believe it is important to look into these styles.

    My bet is that most parents don't usually research this subject prior to having children. It's probably not something that you looked into and thought "What style should I choose?". You probably did give it some thoughts though, such as "I will not do as my parents did" or similar thoughts referring to your own childhood experience. However, this is not really what I would call choosing a style on the basis of research.

    I'm sure most of us are familiar with these styles and know approximately what they mean but I think most people don't realize the effects that these can have on children in their later life.

    However, I think that we - parents - probably vacillate between different styles at different points of our parenting journey. It is useful to see these styles as a kind of continuum with the Authoritarian Style at one end and the Permissive Style at the other end (I will not include neglectful here). We might be more or less in the middle most of the time but I'm sure that we sometime lean on one side or the other.

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    Have a look at the diagram below, it shows the most typical outcomes for children depending on the parenting style used by the parents:


    In addition to the four styles already mentioned, there are a lot of other styles mentioned when it comes to parenting:

  • Helicopter parenting
  • Playful parenting
  • Attachment parenting
  • Tough love parenting
  • Love and logic parenting
  • Positive parenting
  • Creative parenting

    To name only a few. ;)

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