Cause and Effects of Parenting

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Mike Reel
Cause and Effect Essay

The Cause and Effects of Parenting Styles

What are the cause and effects of different styles of parenting? Essentially, there are three types of parenting; authoritarian, authoritative and permissive. I believe there are no lines drawn in the sand separating these styles. In other words, a parent could actually entertain all three. I hope after reading this essay you will have a better understanding of the cause and effect of each style of parenting.

The first style of parenting I will discuss is the authoritarian style. The authoritarian style is what I like to call the communist style. Children are told to do something without ever giving them a reason, except for because I said so. Usually with this style of parenting the punishments for non-compliance are typically more severe. Authoritarian parenting styles generally lead to children who are obedient and proficient, but they rank lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem. I believe children raised totally under this style of parenting can only prosper when under the proverbial spot light. In other words they will always need guidance and close supervision their entire lives. This is 180 degrees out from the second style of parenting.

The second style of parenting is the permissive parent, sometimes referred to as indulgent parent, have very few demands to make of their children. This parent rarely disciplines their children because they have relatively low expectations of maturity and self-control. They avoid confrontation and usually play the friend role instead of the parent role. This parent tends to cater to the child’s need to avoid confrontation. This is the type of child you see at a Wal-Mart check out screaming because the parent would not buy them what they wanted. There are seldom if ever any boundaries established, or punishment if crossed. This style of parenting is what I would refer to as the almost uninvolved parent and spoiled...
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