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Parenting is an interesting journey full of surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant, and challenges that no one prepared you for. There are several books available on parenting and while most of them contain lots of useful information, there is no standard way of raising children. At the end of the day, how you choose to raise your children is up to you as the parent.

Parenting styles

It is important for you to understand your parenting style in order to know exactly what works for you and have an easy time raising your kids. The parenting styles recognized today are permissive/indulgent, neglectful, strict, and authoritative.

Permissive parenting

This is a harmful parenting style as the children do not see their parents as authority figures. These parents often let their children do whatever they want to do and do not demand much of them. If you are a permissive parent, you may end up with a spoilt child who feels entitled and has no respect for authorities.

Neglectful parenting

This is also a harmful parenting style and if either you or someone you know is a neglectful parent, you need to seek help from a San Diego business that deals with parenting before things get out of hand.

  • A neglectful parent does not care for his/her child’s physical and emotional needs and is unaware of what is going on in their child’s life.
  • Children of neglectful parents find it hard to talk to their parents about issues that are affecting them.
  • Children of neglectful parents may be left alone for long periods of time while their parents are out working or hanging out with friends.
  • Neglectful parents are generally uninvolved in their children’s lives.

Authoritarian parenting

These parents are very demanding of their kids and while this is not bad, it may lead to the children fearing their parents. The strictness is supposed to be tempered with understanding and support for it to be effective and in order for it to foster a healthy relationship between you and your children. Your children should be able to approach you with their problems but if you are too strict on them, they are likely to shy away.

Authoritative parenting

If you are the type of parent who has very high expectations of your children but you are at the same time understanding and supportive of them, then you are probably an authoritative parent. Below are the signs that you may be an authoritative parent:

  • Your children have a well-structured day; they know what chores they are required to assist with and when, they know when they are required to do certain things such as brushing their teeth, going to bed, playtime, study time, and TV time.
  • You have household rules and there are consequences should your kids break any of them.
  • Your children are open with you and are not afraid to share anything with you.

You should strive to be the best parent to your children. Remember, they are very vulnerable beings and how you bring them up will have a significant effect on who they grow up to become. You do not want your kids to end up becoming dysfunctional members of society because of how you raised them.


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