The Different Types of Parenting Styles

The Different Types of Parenting Styles


Knowing that their parenting style will have a significant influence on their child’s growth and development causes many parents to experience anxiety. There are four common parenting styles that the majority of people adopt: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved. It should be mentioned that there is no “ideal” parenting style, however Authoritative parenting is often considered to be the most well-rounded. Let’s investigate how each of the four functions.


Authoritarian parents have a propensity to behave as if they are always right and as if their children should always obey what they say. If a parent responds to a child’s objection to a rule by shutting them down and refusing to listen because they are “in control,” this is an authoritarian attitude. There is no opportunity for negotiation between the parent and kid, and the parent expects the youngster to observe the rules without argument. If a youngster meets a problem, they are seldom consulted before a remedy is developed. The parent believes they know better and do not need their child’s opinion.


A parent with authority will still have rules, but will explain to their kid why they exist. They still expect these regulations to be observed, and violations will result in repercussions. However, it is not so black and white. They will discuss the incident with their kid, attempt to determine what went wrong, and take all of this into consideration when selecting the appropriate course of action. Undoubtedly, the parent is still in charge of the issue and establishing the boundaries, but they will take their child’s viewpoint into account and carefully evaluate it.


Permissive parents are often seen as “walkovers.” They begin with good intentions by establishing rules and limits. However, issues arise when the youngster violates one of these norms. When their kid oversteps a boundary, the permissive parent will not really respond. Frequently, there will be no penalties. They feel that their kid has good intentions and that less parental involvement is preferable. When tension exists, they may be too indulgent or forgiving. Even if they are enforcing a rule or punishing their child, they may give in and reduce the severity of the punishment.


A parent who is uninvolved is emotionally distant from their kid. They may not know much about their child’s day-to-day activities, including who they spend time with, where they hang out, or what they are doing. There are no rules or even suggestions for the youngster to follow in the family. There is a lack of parental attentiveness towards the youngster. Uninvolved parents often expect their children to work things out on their own. Although this is a very negligent way to treat a kid, it is not usually the parent’s aim. They may be struggling themselves and are thus unable to offer the necessary care for a kid.