Parenting has a deep and a long lasting impression on their kids. Actually this forms the very foundation of them as adults. Whatever we do and say as a parent has a lot of impact on their minds and is a strong factor in shaping their life. Each set of parents will bring up their children in a different manner some are liberal and broadminded whereas others are orthodox in their outlook. Though the world over parenting has been divided into 4 major styles but we have clubbed a few of them as we do not find major differences and only slight variations.
Parenting Style 1
This style is majorly called authoritarian style of parenting. In this style of parenting, the parents impose various degrees of punishment if their child or children do not comply with their wishes. This style of parenting makes the children emotionally drift away from their parents and they tend to dread the consequences of not being in compliance.
Parenting Style 2
Another form of parenting which is called the authoritative style is a little different from the above mentioned styles. In this style the parents lay down clear sets of rules and regulations which are to be followed by the children. Non compliance does not result in punishment but repeated understanding and slight reinforcing the good behavior. They do not pin point on the bad points of a child’s behavior. This form of parenting imparts adequate knowledge to the children regarding the dos and don’ts of life and let the children choose what is right and wrong.
Parenting Style 3
Indulgent parenting or permissive parenting allows the children to do their own bidding. Such children are free to do as they want and parents do not set any kind of rules and regulation for them not set any expectations.
Parenting Style 4
Uninvolved parenting is one of most deplorable styles. More so because in this the parent and the child have no communications between them, often we find this style amongst parents who have adopted kids or are foster parents. They have no inclination towards the child and are least bothered about them
Don’t worry if you do not fit in any one style. You could be a combination of both. See what works for you and the child. Think about his growth (not physically but emotionally a child has to be strong) and his mental development. Think about what you want your children to learn. Research shows that the most positive outcomes for children occur when parents use democratic styles. Children with permissive parents tend to be aggressive and act out, while children with authoritarian parents tend to be compliant and submissive and have low self-esteem. Most important love your child and establish a strong bond between the both of you.