November 17, 2014
English Comp 1
There are many different parenting styles used all over the world today. From strict and demanding to very lenient and care-free. The way that the children of the future are raised as an adolescent will have a big impact on their future as an adult. Research proves that there are a few parenting styles that will come in handy when raising your kids. The most common parenting styles are: authoritative, uninvolved, permissive, authoritarian and uninvolved. An authoritative parent is one that is very demanding. They have very high demands for their children and also have their children’s best interest at heart. Whereas an uninvolved parent has low expectations and very little demands for their children. An uninvolved parent is very detached from their children and has only a small emotional bond with their kids. An authoritative parent is very responsive in their kid’s lives and activities. In comparison, authoritarian parenting leads to a much stronger child with high self-esteem than a child being raised by an uninvolved parent. Another parenting style is Authoritarian parenting. Authoritarian parents are very strict on their kids. They expect their children to obey them with no questions asked. Whereas a permissive parent gives there child lead way to a lot of their own choices. Permissive parents normally avoid confrontation with their children. They allow their children to make their own choices whereas an authoritarian parent makes choices for their kids. Research shows authoritarian parents have a better outcome than a permissive parent. Sometimes your parenting could change from strict to lenient though. In Amy Chua’s book Tiger Mom she spoke on how strict her parents were and how she wanted to raise her kids the same way as she was raised. With her being a Chinese child they expected a lot from...
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“Baumrind, D. (1991). Effective parenting during the early adolescent transition. In P.A. Cowan & E. M. Hetherington (Eds.), Advances in family research (Vol. 2). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.”
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