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4 Parenting Styles: Which Parent are You?

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What Type of Parenting Styles are Best for My Child…

Parenting Styles

Apply Parenting Styles to Raise Balanced Happy Children…

Most parents learn off the bat their own parenting styles naturally without really identifying what methods they are using to raise their children.  It’s exciting having kids of your own and a huge responsibility while also being stressful because as a parent you certainly want everything of the best for your kids. In many instances and situations parents are worried about methods of disciplining and teaching children the right way fearing they may be making mistakes, or in hindsight if your child has grown up rebellious or a real spoilt brat parents will wonder where they went wrong. In this article we are going to take a look at some parenting styles and you can identify what type of parent you are and if you like use a balanced combination of parenting styles to bring up a healthy happy child.

What are Parenting Styles?

Simply explained parenting styles are the psychological methods parents use to raise their children, and because we are all different no two parents will have the exact same parenting methods either.  You bring up your child the way you think is right teaching them your ways of interacting with others, your unique ways of keeping them safe, your unique ways of keeping children disciplined. Once you understand what style you are applying perhaps you may realize it needs to be adjusted a little to nurture a loving balanced relationship with your children…

Let’s examine the basic Parenting Styles to  help you realize in what style you are leaning towards: 

The Authoritarian Parent.

If you are a firm strict parent with high expectations for your children, which you started applying to them as soon as they were able to understand you fit into this category. Although this parenting style has the benefit of making children grow up as strong individuals it can also put the child under extreme pressure to succeed and when they struggle, children may feel inadequate and failures. Strict parent’s eng forcing their authority over everything a child does will have an obedient child but there is more often than not a lack of communication and children will not have a happy balanced childhood in many cases because they live in fear of letting parents down.

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Balanced Authoritative Flexible

Parenting styles where children are subject to lots of rules that you as a parent set is a similar style to that we have talked about above but a little better because there are lines of communication open.  Parents will explain to children why these rules have been set and when a child crosses boundary disciplines is applied but after explaining to the child why the measures have been implemented. In this parenting style there are still expectations set for children by parents, but because there is some flexibility the child will not feel under so much pressure.

Parents using this style of parenting have more balanced children that are happier compared with the authoritarian parenting style, with parents only being stern and unforgiving when their rules have been broken.

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The Neglectful Parent Style.

Children that are raised under neglectful parenting styles do not have strong loving bonds with parents. Although children are provided with the necessities they need from food shelter water and education, parents do not get involved in any issues and activities of their kids.

Children that are reared under neglectful parenting methods learn to fight their own battles, and will know that it is a waste of time approaching parents for any assistance. Children may be fiercely independent, but also lonely, and can become rebellious of any authority that is imposed on them which can turn out to be a problem in school and college years.

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Indulgent Parenting Styles.

Of course indulgent parenting styles are the most preferred style by children but the result is children that will always expect things to go their way, and they become spoilt and unruly when it doesn’t throwing tantrums which frustrate the parent until they give in to keep the peace. In this parenting style parents are involved in all children’s activities, are lenient when any rules are broken, and they will not have the necessary balanced discipline or independence in their lives to fight their own battles.

Parents that go out of their way to make children happy using indulgent parenting methods are the most common, but as the child grows up difficulties will arise with discipline and the child and parent may find themselves in difficult situations when boundaries have been crossed. Your parenting styles will depend on you when raising your child but if you want to have a warm loving relationship with children it is a sensible decision to have a balance of all these parenting styles.

You want your children to grow up healthy independent and balanced individuals only wanting everything of the best for them so consider a healthy balance in parenting styles for the best results…

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