Fifty years or more ago, “parenting styles” were hardly a topic of conversation, let alone all of the articles and books written on the subject. It was simply expected that you raise your children the same way your parents raised you, and the way their parents raised them.
Not a lot of thought was given to “What kind of parent do I want to be? What parenting style fits our lifestyle and family?” But as our society has become more psychologically and socially aware, we are more conscious of how particular methods may affect children. Additionally, our cultural conversation now frequently turns to parenting styles and how they affects the big picture.
There are many different parenting styles. You’ll likely find that you are a blend of a couple of them. Some parents are strict and rigid, others very lenient and laissez-faire, and some fall somewhere in the middle. It’s important not to go to the extreme in one direction or the other. That creates an out-of-balance situation within the family.
And remember as you explore different parenting styles: it’s important that you find the style that works best not just for you, but for your family as well.
4 Types Of Parenting Styles
1. Strict Parenting
Often referred to as an “authoritarian” or “dictator” style, strict parenting is characterized by many hard-and-fast rules. The parent is clearly the head of household and tends to command respect in all circumstances. There are clear limits and consequences for pushing them, which are enforced firmly.
One of the beneficial things about this parenting style is that everyone has a clear role and understands the limits, leaving little in question. The negative thing about this parenting style is that the parent may function as a brick wall, with little room for change or growth for family members.
This parenting style runs of the risk of alienating the child later in life, either through the residual anger or resentment, a strong-willed personality, or a more sensitive child whose needs are not recognized.