Updated on October 1, 2020
Different Parenting Styles
Studies have shown that there are 4 major parenting styles that most parents fall under. While no one will fit neatly into one single style 100% of the time, in general, most parents are able to relate to one of these specific parenting styles.
Authoritarian Parenting Style
The authoritarian parenting style, also known as the military parenting style, places a strong focus on obedience and generally has extremely rigid family rules. Many parents who follow this parenting style feel that children are to be seen and not heard. These types of parents, for the most part, are more concerned with the child doing what they say and do not express much warmth or nurturing.
Permissive Parenting Style
The permissive parenting style is commonly used by parents who want to shield their children from negative experiences and is often referred to as indulgent parenting. Parents who fall into this category generally allow their children to do what they want with little to no discipline or rules. Permissive parents often seem more like a friend to the child and less like a parent.
Neglectful Parenting Style
The neglectful parenting style, also known as the uninvolved parenting style or neglectful parenting, is often characterized by their nonchalance towards their child’s needs. These type of parents expect little out of their child and offer little to no supervision. Uninvolved parents sometimes do have rules, but they are loosely enforced with little to no repercussions if they are broken.
Authoritative Parenting Style
The authoritative parenting style, or democratic parenting style, is the most child-centric approach of all of the parenting styles. This type of parenting style is commonly viewed as the best parenting style as it combines the good points from the other parenting styles. Parents who fall into this category are more likely to place limits and enforce consequences, but at the same time are able to administer fair and consistent discipline while remaining fair.
Most parents won’t fall under just one parenting style, and many have tendencies that fall into multiple styles. Although it may look like every parent should have the authoritative parent style, there are several reasons why some parents may lean towards less desirable parenting styles such as culture, education level, personality, religion and socioeconomic status.