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Parenting Styles

Which is your parenting style

The most beautiful thing about being a parent is that there are great options on how to parent your children.

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What we realize as parents is that there are so many similarities and strategies from one parent to the other than there are differences.


Many of us fit into nearly one parenting style but we end up using a combination of parenting styles when raising our children.

As parents we adopt different parenting styles depending with the child’s life and need at a particular time.

A point to ponder home is that we all know that one size does not fill all and hence ensure that you do your best in raising your child regardless of what parenting style you choose.

The parenting styles/theories commonly used today are the works of renowned development psychologist – Diana Baumrind.

According to Diana Baumrind, she identifies three parenting styles namely:-

  1. Permissive Parenting
  2. Authoritarian or Disciplinarian Parenting
  3. Authoritative Parenting

However, from the works of Diana Baumrinds three parenting styles, Maccoby and Martin (1983) further expanded the permissive parenting style into two styles.

The two styles expanded further were uninvolved parenting style (neglectful) and indulgent parenting style (Permissive).

After the works of Maccoby and Martin (1983), the parenting styles were identified as four.

  1. Uninvolved Parenting
  2. Permissive Parenting
  3. Authoritarian or Disciplinarian Parenting
  4. Authoritative Parenting
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