4 Types of Parenting Styles & Their Effects on Children

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Whether we like it or not, our style of parenting has a big impact on our child. So today, we are reviewing the 4 types of parenting styles and their effects on our children.

The first parenting style is Authoritarian Parenting – A lot of dads might identify with this style. Authoritarian is strict. It relies on obedience and isn’t very warm & fuzzy. It’s all about the rules. Have you ever said “Because I said so” You might lean toward being an authoritarian parent.

This type of parenting style can create low self esteem in children. It can cause kids to be fearful or shy, or even have them associate obedience with love. Kids of authoritarian parenting are also more likely to mis-behave when the parent isn’t around.

The next style is Permissive Parenting – This style lacks any structure. The parent avoids confrontation, maybe prefers to be a friend rather than a parent, and often uses rewards or bribes to get the child to do things. On a good note, permissive parents are typically nurturing and loving.

Unfortunately teens of permissive parents are 3X more likely to engage in underage heavy alcohol consumption. Kids of permissive parents are also more likely to lack motivation, lack discipline, and have problems with authority.

The third type of parenting style is Neglectful / Uninvolved Parenting – This style is being absent or not having a presence in their life. This is probably the most harmful to children. Unfortunately there are dads, whether because of their own difficulties, divorce, or some other circumstances, choose neglectful or uninvolved parenting.

Children of this style have a hard time forming relationships. They lack having trust in other people and have difficulty dealing with other children. If you are neglectful or univolved, the good news is that you can change. You can get help and begin to get on a correct path for your kids.

The 4th style is Authoritative Parenting – It includes high standards and expectations, but is balanced with warmth, respect, and rationality. It is regarded as the most effective parenting style. It includes having open communication and cooperation.

Kids with authoritative parents are more likely to become independent, socially accepted and less likely to report depression and anxiety, as well as less likely to engage in delinquency and drug use.

Well there you have it. The 4 parenting styles! I hope you enjoyed this video.


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