What is Parenting? What is your parenting style among these 4 styles of parenting?
Hi everybody. Today I am going to cover the most significant part of life as a parent which is what is parenting? What is your parenting style? We as a person need to turn into the best example of a parent for our kids. Knowing all the facts about parenting can definitely help us in life.
We are discussing it here so that we can learn some different parenting styles with a variety of combinations of strategies to raise our children.
What is parenting?
Parenting is the process of performing the role of a parent by raising your children with protection and caregiving which ensures their development into adulthood in a positive manner. Parents support the social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of a child from infancy to childhood.
Parenting is usually done by biological parents but also can be done by substitute parents (non-blood relations). We are going to discuss the four styles of parenting given by Diane Baumrind in simple terms. Given below are the styles with different names and characteristics.
Four styles of Parenting
- Authoritarian or Disciplinarian
- Permissive or Indulgent
First of all what is authoritarian? Authoritarian is supporting, implementing or enforcing strict obedience to authority at the cost of freedom.
Most importantly they are disciplinarians and use strict discipline styles and usually choose giving punishments to the child when he has done something against the rules and are often unresponsive to the child’s needs and expect blind obedience. These parents are less nurturing.
Firstly, children of authoritarian parents tend to have an unhappy type to the character which a person naturally have, we can say unhappy disposition. Their personality appears to be very insecure and also they are less independent because of the low self-esteem in their personality.
Moreover, they show more behavioural problems and often perform poorly in academics which as a result lower their confidence in themselves. They tend to have poor social skills and are usually introverts. These parents are more prone to develop a mental illness and also likely to engage in drugs. In conclusion, this parenting style should be avoided.
Authoritative style is best and beneficial for kids. They are very nurturing and responsive to the needs of a child. They set clear rules and high expectations for achievement but also show warm behaviour towards a child. Unlike authoritarian, they are very supportive and encourage independence.
Children of authoritative parents appear to be happy and more independent. Secondly, they have more social skills and are usually extroverts. They tend to make more friends and make good relations with everyone.
These kids have good self-esteem and perform well in academics. Moreover, children of authoritative parents have better mental health like less anxiety or depression and tend to exhibit less violent behaviour.
Permissive parents usually set their children free and let them do what they want. They do not put restrictions or boundaries and are reluctant to set enforce rules. In addition to this, they give less guidance and directions towards life. They chose to be a friend rather than being a parent. However, they show warm behaviour.
As a result, children of permissive or indulgent parents do not follow rules and have very less self-control. They encounter more problems in social interaction and managing relationships. They are more egocentric i.e. self-centred.
Uninvolved parents are neglectful. The word ‘uninvolved’ clearly shows the type of parenting. They give a lot of freedom and stay out of their children’s way. They show less interest in the child’s life and are unsure about how to raise them. Uninvolved parents usually have bad mental health.
As a result, children of uninvolved parents are often impulsive in nature. In other words, they do not think much before taking any decisions or before taking any action. These children face problems in regulating their emotions. They are more prone to mental illness and suicidal behaviour or drug addiction.
What is your parenting style?
Above all very few of us fit into one parenting style clearly and we use combinations of styles and strategies to raise a child. We think about our children and what they need from us at a specific time. Sometimes we need to change our parenting style according to the situation and development of a child.
It is recommended that not both parents should adopt the same parenting styles and should use a combination of styles for better development.
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