The 4 Main Types of Parenting (What’s Your Parenting Style?)

No two sets of parents are the same. Each has different views about discipline and a different set of values they want to instil in their children. But while different in style, parents have the same goal – to create a world full of love for their kids and to guide them every step of the way.

Here are the 4 main types of parenting:

Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents are often referred to as the disciplinarians. With strict rules that are often not explained to the child, communication is often one way (from parent to child only). Discipline is the priority of authoritarian parents, therefore they have a less nurturing parenting style that often involves punishment. They have high expectations from their children and offer little to no flexibility.

Uninvolved Parenting

Like the name suggests, parents who have this style show little involvement in their children and pretty much lets their children do whatever they want. There is little communication between parties, less nurturing from the parents and a lot of freedom for the children and there is no particular discipline style utilized. Some parents choose this parenting style consciously, but most uninvolved parents usually have a lack of information about parenthood and unsure of what to do.

Permissive Parenting

Also referred to as Indulgent Parenting, parents who practice this style see themselves as their child’s friend rather than an authoritative figure. While they are warm and nurturing and communication is open, they offer little guidance and direction to their child and lets him make decisions on his own. Permissive parents usually don’t set rules and have minimal expectations of their offspring.

Authoritative Parenting

Many people think that this style is the most beneficial to children. Authoritative parents are nurturing and reasonable and even if they set high expectations for their child, they offer flexibility. When it comes to discipline, the rules are stated clearly and explained to the child. Communication is very open between parties and in a way that the young one will understand. Many children raised by authoritative parents think for themselves and are self-disciplined.

Some parents follow a particular parenting style strictly, but many practice a combination of styles. Experts recommend not to look at each style distinctively but instead, to see it as a continuum. Many parents also change their parenting as the child grows up. So what parenting style do you relate to the most?

James Parkinson