By Stephen Walton © 2012
Many articles on different types of parenting styles have been written over the years and the following four basic styles have stood the test of time in guiding parents in understanding their own parental role and responsibilities.
Once you have a clear understanding of the different styles, it will be easier to define your own strategy that fits with your personal value system.
As you read through these different types of parenting styles, think of yourself and what style you seem to exercise. You may recognize a style of a friend or other parent you know. Most parents find themselves to be a mixture of a couple of different styles.
What fits for one parent or child may not necessarily be right for another.
I have pruned through a vast amount of information to provide you with a general understanding of the topic.
The renowned clinical and developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind in the mid 1960s studied the effects of parenting techniques and determined different types of parenting styles could be grouped into three categories.
Forward 50 years, these same categories still exist today:
Authoritarian, Authoritative and Permissive.
The theory was later expanded by Maccoby & Martin(1983) to include;
Uninvolved, (also known as Neglectful Parenting)
Baumrind's studies were based on whether parents were either "High" or "Low" on the following two elements of parenting:
This refers to the degree in which the parent is responsive and supportive of the child's needs and demands.
The warmth and nurturing aspect of child-rearing
The degree of affectionate interaction
Interest in the child's daily activities
The fostering of individuality and self regulation
Consideration for the child's personal feelings
Respect for the child's point of view
This refers to the degree of parental control and expectations of more mature and responsible behaviour from a child.
The discipline and punishment approach used
Amount of monitoring of the child's behaviour and activities
Communication techniques applied
Now that you have a general understanding of the different parenting styles, you will find it easier to recognize your own parenting techniques and what can be done to achieve different results.
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