Authoritative Parenting Style
An authoritative parenting style represents that most closely aligned
with consistent parenting philosophy. Authoritative Parenting Style
By encouraging the
growth of strong inner discipline and through treating children with
respect, this parenting style also enhances the parents own
emotional growth and development.
It is important to distinguish between an
authoritative and an authoritarian
means to be dependable, reliable and convincing.
means to be strict, controlling and dictatorial.
These definitions certainly paint a clear picture of the differences between these two
styles of parenting.
What are the Hallmarks of
- The authoritative parent encourages independence, originality, open
communication, and listens to the child's point of view as well as
expressing his or her own, while at the same time maintaining a fairly
high level of expectation from the child in terms of conduct and
- Open communication encourages verbal
- Authoritative parents encourage their children's independence,
individuality and creativity by being highly responsive toward the
children and expecting a degree of responsiveness in return. In terms
of demands, age appropriate behaviour is expected, along with clear
standards and boundaries which are firmly set.
- Because children are encouraged to think for themselves, a high level
of autonomy is achieved for the child. This is placed right
alongside a balanced and disciplined conformity which is of equal value.
- Children of authoritative parenting style grow up experiencing safe
boundaries, against which they are also encouraged to push and question
in a mutually respectful environment.
- Authoritative parents exert firm
control but do not hem the child in with restrictions. These children
become socially responsible, able to control aggression,
self-confident, and high
- By encouraging independence, the child learns a high awareness of
social responsibility through openly discussing how their actions will
affect other people.
- Authoritative parents want their children to be
assertive as well as socially responsible, and self-regulated and
motivated as well as cooperative.
Development of the Child:
Parenting style has been found to predict
child well-being in the areas
of social competence, academic performance, psychosocial development,
and behaviour problems.
Both parental responsiveness and parental demandingness
are important components of good parenting.
Authoritative parenting, which balances clear, high parental demands with emotional
responsiveness and recognition of child autonomy, is one of the most
consistent family predictors of competence from early childhood through
Authoritative Parenting Style - Consistent Parenting?
The authoritative parenting style fits most closely within the
consistent parenting approach, as it is an 'enabling' style, which
takes both parents and children into account.
Because the approach
within the family is one of give and take, all family members are
equally enabled in their personal growth.
Are you an authoritative parent?
Is this your style of parenting?
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