4 parenting styles explained by a psychologist


There is a parenting style that is more likely to raise an independent, empowered, and socially competent child.

A psychologist broke down the four different styles of parenting and their individual characteristics. When it comes to parenthood, every mom does what she thinks is best for her family. She uses methods and approaches that she says work for her family and makes adjustments as they go. However, she might not realize that there are four main parenting styles and mothers are usually one of them. Although some styles can be considered “bad” they are just different, and different parenting styles are expected and they are a good thing for a society to function.

According to Bright Horizons and CNBC, a psychologist broke down the four parenting styles and explained the common traits you’ll find in each. The four different types are permissive, bossy, careless, and authoritarian.

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• A “permissive” parent is a parent-child relationship that is led by the child. The child seems to “run the house”, and little rules and limits are set. It can be like a parent giving in to a child when they are upset because they want to avoid conflict.

• A “authoritarian” parent is one who works with the child. The parent works directly with the child to try to solve the problems. They have clear rules and boundaries that are set and they tend to rely more on natural consequences for their children.

• An “authoritarian” may sound similar, but there are differences. This parent-child relationship is very much dictated by the parent. They have strict rules and punishments, and they don’t tend to take the child’s opinion and suggestions into account when thinking about communication and discipline. It is considered a “one-way” communication, and it may reflect an old-fashioned parenting style that many adults were used to growing up.

• Then there is the “neglectful” parent. This is a parent who is defined as being uninvolved or absent. They don’t provide a lot of counseling or encouraging behavior to their child. They tend to leave their child to fend for themselves and this might be a reflection on their own self-esteem issues that they may need to address. This means that this type of parent does not always intentionally behave this way with their children.

When it comes to which parenting style is “best,” there may not be a clear answer. However, studies have shown that a “bossy” parent is more likely to raise an independent, empowered and socially competent child. It may be possible to take attributes from different parenting styles because moms know they have to constantly adapt to changing times.

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Sources: Luminous Horizons, CNBC

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