Parenting Styles: Which One is Right for You?

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There are three main parenting styles that most psychologists recommend.

Authoritative parents who treat their children like mature adults. These parents give their kids choices and believe in letting them see the results of their decisions as a positive learning tool. Kids of authoritative parents tend to have high self esteem because they feel more in control.

Authoritarian parents are strict and generally want to control every aspect of their kids' lives. These parents focus on punishing bad behavior rather than encouraging good behavior, which can cause children to have low self-esteem and lack independence.

Permissive parents are the complete opposite of the authoritarian parents. They refuse to set behavioral boundaries and allow their children to do whatever they want. These parents strive to be friends with their children and fear that their kids will rebel if the parents inflict rules. Children of permissive parents can be impulsive and aggressive. As they age, they are more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. They also have a low self esteem.

While parents may recognize their style from these descriptions, there are many online tools like the Active Parenting Quiz and Dr. Phil's Parenting Style Questionnaire that can help parents determine their most effective parenting style.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.