Monday, November 7, 2011

What Kind Of Parent Are You?

There is no such thing as single approach to child rearing. Through the years, psychologists and aspiring parents have been trying to figure out as to what approach would be best to develop a well-rounded person.

Diana Baumrind, a well known theorist for human development concluded four major parenting styles – authoritarian, permissive, uninvolved and authoritative.

Authoritarian parenting style expects children to follow and abide rules and regulations established by parents. The rationale for every action is not established and not clear. As a result, children are less likely to develop independence and confidence in personal judgment.

On the other hand, permissive parenting refers to the nurturing parents. Children are not expected to act maturely and have no or less regulation. This parenting has a higher tendency to develop “spoiled brats” than any other parenting styles.

Uninvolved parent are detached and unresponsive to their children. They feel that personal issues need to be resolved first rather than think for welfare of their children. As a result, the child becomes withdrawn and tyrant to his environment.

Lastly, the authoritative parenting is also known as balanced parenting. While establishing rules and regulations, it also provides a nurturing environment for the child to develop. These parents are also attentive to the demands of their child and teach rather than punish if ever they become at fault. The child then develops a high sense of self-worth and independence.

There is no definite formally in rearing for the perfect child and not a single style can also achieve such feat. Every approach has its different result and a combination could sometimes be more beneficial. So, what kind of parent are you?

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