Understanding Popular Parenting Styles and How To Use Them
The cool thing about parenting is that you can do it as you wish! You don’t have to follow anyone else’s guidelines. There are things out there called parenting styles. Some genius went through and took the most popular ways of parenting together and called them parenting styles. I wanted to breakdown these parenting styles with you, so you can apply them and perfect them as you grow your relationship with your kids.
- Authoritarian parenting – I have noticed in most parenting situations; one parent is the authoritarian. This isn’t a bad thing! A parent who has the authoritarian role is usually the parent that wants the kids to follow the rules. It is a role that includes children listening when told to do something. Not all authoritarian parents are extreme.
- Authoritative parenting – You can view authoritative parenting as a more relaxed rule following parent. They aren’t as hardcore as an authoritarian parent. There is more room for mistake making when your parent has an authoritative type parenting style. This parenting style would be beneficial for a parent who is a little too lenient. Kids need structure and need to be able to look at their parents as an authority figure, not a friend.
- Permissive parenting – Ah, this is the parenting style that can get parents in trouble. Permissive parenting comes down to the parent wanting to be friends more than anything. I personally don’t believe that you can be your child’s friend. Maybe when they are an adult. However, for the time being, they need to look at you as an authoritative figure. Permissive parenting comes down to a parent being way to lenient and lacking in the discipline department.
- Uninvolved parenting – If you’re reading this, you are probably wondering what an uninvolved parent is. I think this one is self-explanatory and I’m sure it’s not one of the most popular parenting styles. However, we all know someone who isn’t as involved as they should be as a parent.
Knowing all the different parenting styles, I’m sure we can all do a little better. I know I can be a little more authoritative when I need to be. I also think there is a time and a place for each parenting style.
I’d love to hear from you and what parenting style you embrace the most. When you’re looking right at the parenting styles, isn’t it eye opening? Maybe you are a certain parenting style, but want to embrace a different one. Maybe you’re okay with what parenting style you have going on, that is okay! I think as parents it is okay to be content with how we are. It’s also okay with wanting to do better.
What parenting style are you?