A recent study from the University of New Hampshire revealed certain flaws and advantages to choosing one parenting technique over another. A team of researchers collected data revolving around three particular approaches to parenting since the fall of 2007: authoritative (demanding and controlling, but still receptive to children’s needs), permissive (non-demanding, non-controlling), and authoritarian (rules established unilaterally without explanation). While many parents firmly believe that an authoritarian parenting style yields the best results, research conveys that children exposed to stern and non-negotiable parenting often become ‘disrespectful’ and ‘delinquent’. However, permissive parenting could produce results that are equally as detrimental to a child’s personality. Children who do not have a strong parent presence could lack traits such as ‘self-control’ and ‘self-reliance’. As a result, the authoritative parenting method proved to be most effective.
What is your parenting style? Do you agree that an authoritative approach is the best solution?
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