This is a collection of resources to help you teach about Diana Baumrind’s observed Parenting Styles. Here is a PDF file Definition good parenting Parenting Styles handout for your students.
Child care practices anteceding three patterns of preschool behavior. The permissive parent attempts to behave in a nonpunitive, acceptant and affirmative manner towards the child’s impulses, desires, and actions. She consults with him about policy decisions and gives explanations for family rules. She makes few demands for household responsibility and orderly behavior. The authoritarian parent attempts to shape, control, and evaluate the behavior and attitudes of the child in accordance with a set standard of conduct, usually an absolute standard, theologically motivated and formulated by a higher authority. She values obedience as a virtue and favors punitive, forceful measures to curb self-will at points where the child’s actions or beliefs conflict with what she thinks is right conduct. The authoritative parent attempts to direct the child’s activities but in a rational, issue-oriented manner.
She encourages verbal give and take, shares with the child the reasoning behind her policy, and solicits his objections when he refuses to conform. Both autonomous self-will and disciplined conformity are valued. Therefore she exerts firm control at points of parent-child divergence, but does not hem the child in with restrictions. Background Information: Why does authoritative parenting work? Nurturing parents who are secure in the standards they hold for their children provide models of caring concern as well as confident, self-controlled behavior. A child’s modeling of these parents provides emotion regulation skills, emotional understanding, and social understanding. Parents who combine warmth and rational and reasonable control are likely to be more effective reinforcing agents.