Parenting styles have been grouped into three different categories: authoritarian,
permissive, and authoritative. The authoritarian approach to parenting provides children
with a clear set of rules which have to be followed without question or reason, while
permissive parents constantly are giving into their child’s every wish. The authoritative
parenting style gives children rules along with explanations for those rules, and reinforces good behavior. Therefore parents should make sure the way they parent their children will be positive, and not negatively affect their children now or in their children’s future.
According to Consistent Parenting Advice.com the authoritarian parenting style
has a “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach. This parenting style is like military school
where the rules are strictly enforced and there is no balance. Punishment is often extreme,
and can lead to psychological problems in the future. Children who are raised by
authoritarian parents seem to do very well in school. However, Children raised by
authoritarian parents tend to have poor social skills, low self-esteem, and depression in
the future. The effects of this parenting style are greatly negative. (“Consistent Parenting Advice.” 2009).
Permissive parents have a much laid back approach. The child is encouraged to
make his or her own decisions, and the parents are there to support those decisions
regardless if they are right or wrong. Parents usually choose the permissive
parenting style because they were brought up in an authoritarian home. For parents who are uninterested in their child’s life, the permissive parenting style often chooses them. Permissive parenting has both positive and negative effects on children, and
the permissive parenting style can be much taken advantage of during a child’s teenage
years. Children raised by permissive parents usually have serious behavior problems due
to the lack of discipline. On the other hand “Children from permissive homes…have good self-esteem and better social skills,” than that of children raised in an authoritarian
household. (Iannelli, 2004).
The authoritative parenting style is the “In between,” of both the authoritarian and permissive parenting styles, and has a “Give and take approach.” Authoritative parents are very involved in their children’s lives: children help around the home and in decision-making processes, and homework is supervised. This approach to parenting raises children who are responsible, well behaved in school, have a high self-esteem, and good problem...