Authoritative Parenting Creates Warmth

Filed under: Behavior, Behavior: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Behavior: Big Kids, Behavior: Tweens, Behavior: Teens

Authoritative parenting is a style of child rearing that strives to create a close and nurturing relationship with children, while maintaining a firm set of rules and high expectations. Authoritative parents are high in control but also high in warmth.

Authoritative parents recognize that flexibility is sometimes called for but expect their children to follow their clear and consistent guidelines for behavior. Demanding yet responsive, authoritative parents use disciplinary methods that are supportive rather than punitive and expect their children to be cooperative, respectful and self-regulated. Authoritative parents lead by example and are willing to apologize and admit mistakes when necessary.

Authoritative parents encourage responsibility and freedom within well-defined boundaries and expectations. Considered the most balanced of child-rearing styles, authoritative parenting is said to produce level-headed, socially responsible and independent children.

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