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Tiny Thoughts: Parenting Styles

Tiny Thoughts: Parenting Styles
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  • I forgot where I first came across this concept but researchers have identified four distinct parenting styles and studied the effects these styles have on children.  The style that I would say we all want to be is called, authoritative.
  • Authoritative parenting is when we set clear boundaries but are still supportive and nurturing of a child’s independence.  In this style you have a warm relationship with your child, you listen to their opinions, but you consistently enforce “fair” rules.  This is not to be confused with the authoritarian style where a parent has the “my way or the highway” mentality.
  • I think it’s worth a quick read to figure out what parenting style you have today and what steps you could take to be more in line with an authoritative approach.