Grand Canyon University
January 20, 2013
Parental Styles and Socio-Emotional Development in Middle Childhood The concerned parent attempts to provide all that is needed for their children to grow and developed into acceptable, productive members of society. The nurturance can sometimes become challenging and even gruesome as together, child and parents, travel through the stages of development. Kail and Cavanaugh (2010), describes two dimensions of parenting. The first dimension relates to the amount of affection and concern presented by the parent (warmth). They are genuine in displaying loving care at one end of the spectrum. They integrate into every aspect of their child’s life from a warm and caring perspective. The other end of the spectrum presents the opposite scenario. At this end there is little or no display of warmth and affection. These parents are too busy doing for themselves with no regards to what is happening as their children proceed through the stages of development. They are mostly not involved in their child’s lives. The second dimension (control) involves what can be described as either a dictatorship or freelance. Control is the key element (or the lack of). The controlling parent is one who dictates everything their child does; little or no autonomy is given. There is, on the other end of this spectrum, those parents who allow their child to make their own decision with no need to ask them or worry about any consequences from the choices they make in life (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2010). This paper will address the various parenting styles and the social, emotional developmental aspects associated with each concerning the development of a 10 year old. Authoritarian Parenting
This style of parenting employs little warmth with a high degree of control (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2010). The rules are explicitly directed by these parents and are expected...