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Authoritative Parenting

What is Authoritative Parenting

Definition

According to research done, the authoritative parent/s have high expectation from their children because of the support they give them in nurturing their emotional and developmental needs. Authoritative parents are the ones that are deeply attached in seeing that their children are secure and protected.

They also do listen to their children and they provide warmth and love to them. Authoritative parents use positive discipline measures in order to earn children respect.mother and daughter bonding with flowers


Democratic is what is also described as authoritative parenting because of the cooperation between the parents and the children. In the past it had been described as the most effective way of helping children as they grow.

Characteristics of Authoritative parenting

  • The parents have an open opinion where the children openly express themselves
  • Authoritative parents encourage their children to come up with opinions
  • They administer fair discipline
  • They set up clear limits on behaviour and having boundaries
  • They keep encouraging their children
  • Their children are self reliant
  • Their children adapt well in different environments and are well behaved
  • They have good social skills
  • They are outgoing and able to address issues with minimal supervision
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Quick Facts About Parenting

What are the quick facts about Parenting

As we go about our day to day chores as parents, it is important for every parent to strive hard enough to know the experiences and feelings that come with parenting.

To amass wealth so as to have a nice roof over their head, provide healthcare, education, a car, and healthy foods are some of the guidelines to good parenting.

On the contrary, we as parents neglect to put the same effort in upbringing our children in the hope that everything will turn out well without proper preparation.Mother and her children bonding

Parenting should not be left to chance as this can be a great gamble with direct consequences.

It is common for most parents to acquire parenting skills through trial and error. As a result, most parents are more effective with their latter children than their first borns.

A child being lifted up by a parent

The problem with acquiring these skills at a late stage is that the earlier children will have become mature adults making it almost impossible to put learning into effect.

Parenting is a challenging job that requires constant attention. The joys, rewards of becoming parent’s oozes from every pore of our body, the late night diaper changes, feeding are always a constant reminder that we are laying the groundwork for a lifelong relationship that shall bless us when our hairs disappear or turn gray.

Definition of parenting:

Parenting is the process of supporting and promoting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child. This ensures their healthy development from infancy to adulthood.

Parenting is done by the biological parents of a child. Moreover, this may change, for instance when raising abandoned children as well as orphaned children.

These category of children would receive parental care from non- parent blood relations, the government or the societyfamily photo on  a green background.

What is good parenting:

Good parenting equally focuses on developing independence in children. As a result it helps build consistency and routine which eventually gives children a sense of control. Smart parenting takes into consideration the child’s age and the stage of their development to develop a growth mindset.

Great parenting focuses on encouraging children to be responsible for household chores without any form of compensation. Consequently, they learn to be caregivers. family photo outdoors

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Parenting Styles

Which is your parenting style

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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