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"Parenting Styles and their Effects on Children" This essay is about the three different styles of parenting, including definitions, descriptions, and effects.

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Parenting Styles and their

Effects on Children

Every parent is different in his or her own way. Each one has one of three different parenting styles. These are authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive styles. One's parenting style is usually a result of their own upbringing, their role models, or simply from the society in which they live. The style in which one parents, is a very important aspect to the way a parent interacts with their child (Edwards, Rebecca. Parenting Styles).

Parents want their children to grow into socially mature individuals. It can be frustrating to try and figure out the best way to parent your child and help them turn out to be socially mature. Diana Baumrind emphasizes four different parenting styles. Baumrinds parenting styles are authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and neglectful (Santrock, J. Page 277). However, many other psychologists believe in only three parenting styles, and that neglect is not a particular style of parenting, but rather a sub-style of permissive parenting (Myers, David, G. Page 111).

Authoritarian parenting is when the parents are very strict. They have a high number of rules, and they handle disobedience by yelling, blaming, or threatening. Children living in authoritarian households don't learn to think for themselves or make good decisions. This results from being afraid to make decisions and being expected to obey. These children often become rebellious in their teenage years. Authoritative parents believe in giving their children choices. These parents have some rules, but they also have reasonable consequences to go along with breaking them. When these rules are broken, the children accept their punishment. In the process of forming the rules, the parents take time to sit down with the children and explain the reasons for the rules that are made, and let the children know ahead of time what the consequences will be for breaking them. This creates an understanding between parent and...