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Parenting styles – and how they influence our children

Our parenting style refers to various elements of parenting such as warmth and nurturing, communication, control and disciplinary strategies

Research over the past few decades highlights four main parenting styles:

• Authoritarian
• Authoritative
• Permissive
• Uninvolved

Authoritarian parenting

These parents believe that children should follow strict rules which have been established by them and are not open to negotiation. They don’t see the need to explain the rules and disobedience usually leads to punishment. When asked why… “Because I said so!”

This parenting style focuses on obedience so children are usually not encouraged to engage in problem-solving or decision-making. Rather, focus is on pointing out mistakes and enforcing the consequences of these.

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“Reprinted from all4women”

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