Parenting style

Psychology class - Claudia Ocampo

Parenting refers to...

The way in which parents choose to raise their children.

There are four main parenting styles that most parents fall into.

Compare and contrast authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and neglectful parenting.
Parenting Styles-Authoritative, Authoritarian ,and Permissive


In the authoritarian style, parents put a high value on conformity and obedience. The parents are often strict, tightly monitor their children, and express little warmth. These parents exhibit a large amount of control over their child's decisions and behavior. Authoritarian parents set rigid rules with firm consequences.
Parenting Style Authoritarian Parenting | Parents
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Authoritative parenting is generally regarded as the most successful approach to parenting because of its high level of involvement and balanced levels of control. Authoritative parents set realistic expectations and consistent limits for their children, and provide them with fair or natural consequences. Natural consequences are those that occur as a natural result of the child's behavior (or lack of a particular behavior), with no intervention required.
Children Listening - Authoritative Parenting
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Permissive parenting tends to be warm and loving but lacks follow-through on setting limits or rules. Permissive parents tend to be overindulgent, make few demands, rarely use punishment, and allow their children to make their own decisions, regardless of the consequences. They tend to be very nurturing and loving and may play the role of friend rather than parent.
Permissive Parenting
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With the uninvolved style of parenting, the parents are indifferent and sometimes referred to as neglectful. They don’t respond to their child’s needs and make relatively few demands. This could be because of severe depression, substance abuse, or other factors such as the parents’ extreme focus on work. Neglectful parents may look to their children for support and guidance, and these children often end up "parenting their parents."
Uninvolved Parenting
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Pros and Cons:


Pro: Children that grow under authoritarian parenting tend to study fairly well and be obedient. When reaching adulthood such children are likely to become professionals in their job.

Cons: The children do not seem to understand the rules rather they are taken for granted. Often the explanation of the rules is somewhere between the lines: “Do what I tell you and don’t ask stupid questions”.


Pros: As far aspsychologyis concerned, kids grow independent and confident under this parenting style.

Cons: Generally, there are no distinct cons.


Pros:Generally, there are no distinct pros.

Cons:Though being “over loved”, these childrenoften feel lonely and unhappy .


Pros:There are no pros.

Cons:These children tend to be hostile towards others, often disobey any possible rules.


Example: "Because i say so"


Example: "You got to go to bed at 8 but since your favorite movie coming out you can stay up for a little longer."

Determining a Discipline Strategy

It is important to think about what it is that you want your child to learn. Effective discipline strategies can teach children to become responsible adults who are able to make healthy decisions on their own.

Educate yourself on the Five Types of Discipline

There are five basic types of discipline

  1. Positive discipline
  2. Gentle discipline
  3. Boundary-based discipline
  4. Behavior modification
  5. Emotion coaching
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