Effective Parenting

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Shakirah Young
DEP2004
28 November 2012
Effective Parenting
In life, we learn and grow from the people in our environment. Whether it is a best friend, sister, or teacher we have learned something new from them. We have seen how people can have a major effect on our behavior, attitude, and social development. From this, we can gather that parents are one of the key components in fostering a child’s development. A lot of quality aspects are needed in order to be a respectable parent. Decent parents must possess the qualities of building a good and lasting parent-child relationship. A relationship that consist of “affection and cooperation, by serving as models and reinforces of mature behavior, by using reasoning and inductive discipline, and by guiding and encouraging children’s mastery of new skills” (Berk 215). Even with all those qualities being known, parenting styles still differ. Figuring out which is the most effective method is what we all look for. When dealing with parenting styles the most important thing to keep in mind is the way the parents actions may affect the child. From this course, I have learned that parenting styles are “combinations of parenting behaviors that occur over a wide range of situations, creating an enduring child-rearing climate” (Berk 215). Parenting styles may be different but understanding which has the most advantages in the long run is the key.

Addressing the scenario that has been given, we have two different parenting styles being seen here. One style, Mr. and Mrs. Harsh-Heart, would be considered Authoritarian parenting. The other style, Mr. and Mrs. Easy- Going, would be considered Authoritative parenting. Authoritarian parenting style may generally be seen as strict parenting. They believe in obedience, are harsh to their children, and exert harmful control. When dealing with authoritarian parents they create strict rules, which if they are not followed, results in hurtful consequences such as spanking....
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