Parenting Styles For Nurturing Kids

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Parenting Styles for Nurturing kids

New parents are often nervous about the steps to follow in raising their kid(s). The job of parenting is seen as a difficult task for most families. Parenting styles come in different variants. Most times, we sit back and ask ourselves which parenting style will work best for us and our lovely kids?

There is often no clear cut-out way to nurture and train a child. Different children come with different temperaments and this often has a say in the style to use in handling and training them.

Styles of parenting

There are two basic parenting styles that one can choose from when training their kids. This dimension of parenting styles depends on the emotional makeup of the parents. It includes:

1. Responsive parenting

Here the parents are sensitive and are fully responsive to their children emotional and developmental needs. This style compliments the parents and that of the children needs

2. Demanding parenting

In this style of parenting, the parents give out instructions and control the child development and behavior

Types of parenting styles

Parenting styles come in different types. Psychologists categorize parenting styles into four major types and this includes

  1. Authoritative Parenting
  2. Authoritarian Parenting
  3. Permissive Parenting
  4. Neglectful Parenting

Authoritative Parenting Style

This is a combination of high demanding parental styles and high responsiveness. Here the parents combine both a high expectation for achievement from the kids but at the same time, they are warm, responsive and interacts with the kids. The parents set the rules, enforce boundaries but not through compulsion but through reasoning. They show affection, they are supportive of the kid’s development and they also encourage independence from the kids. The outcome of this parenting styles include

This is a combination of high demanding parental styles and high responsiveness. Here the parents combine both a high expectation for achievement from the kids but at the same time, they are warm, responsive and interacts with the kids. The parents set the rules, enforce boundaries but not through compulsion but through reasoning. They show affection, they are supportive of the kid’s development and they also encourage independence from the kids. The outcome of this parenting styles include

  • The child develops a strong self-esteem
  • Are more independent
  • Achieve higher academic success
  • Appear happy and content
  • Exhibit less violent tendencies
  • Interact with peers using competent social skills
  • Have better mental health

Authoritarian Parenting Style

The authoritative parents are the supreme warlords in their home. Their words are final. It involves a high demand and low responsiveness. The authoritarian parenting style demands high standard from the children but through compulsion and blind obedience. The parents use negative reinforcement styles and punishment to control the children’s behavior. These parents are often unresponsive to the children emotion, belief, needs and generally unsupported to their personal goals or dream. The outcome of the authoritarian parenting styles includes

  • Have poorer social skills.
  • Tend to have an unhappy disposition.
  • Possess lower self-esteem
  • Perform worse academically
  • Are more prone to mental issues
  • Are less independent
  • Exhibit more behavioral problems
  • Appear insecure

Permissive Parenting Style

This parenting style combines low demands and high responsiveness. The parents are more flexible and relaxed in their style of parenting. The parents focus is on developing the Childs spontaneity and creativity and not necessary on structure or authority. The outcome of these parenting styles includes

  • Children often cannot follow rules
  • The kids possess an egocentric tendencies
  • Have worse self-control
  • May encounter more problems in relationships

Neglectful Parenting Style

The neglectful parenting style combines both low demand and low responsiveness. In this style of parenting, the parents set very flexible boundaries that can easily be broken. There are often impassive to the needs of the children and are often absent in the lives of the child. This parenting style is common with people suffering from psychological issues such as broken homes, abusive relationship, rape, maternal depression and neglect from their parents when they were a kid. The outcome of this parenting style on the children includes

  • Are more spontaneous
  • Cannot self-regulate emotion
  • Encounter more delinquency and addictions problems
  • Have mental issues

Conclusion

It should be noted that children behavior is often linked to the parenting styles they were exposed to while in their young age. However, finding a link between some specific action of parents and later behavior of some children may be difficult. Note the child’s temperament and find the best combination of parenting style to use in training your kids to become the best you wished him to become.

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