During childhood, a child progresses through a sequence of physical, cognitive and emotional growth. And that is why parenting style plays an extremely important role in early childhood development. For instance, warm and responsive parenting leads to higher academic performance, setting clear rules helps in developing more self-esteem, and supportive parenting leads to lower chances of mental illness.
What Makes a Great Parent?
Being a parent is a responsibility that you have to fulfill in the best way you can. Sometimes, we think that what we are doing is in the best interest of our child, but in reality, it is not. That being said, here are some things that make you a good parent: • You teach more with actions and fewer words • You encourage your child and refrain from criticizing • You protect them from the dangers of the world but also let them make their own decisions • You focus on moral values than materialistic things • You make sure there is no communication barrier • You remain authentic • You don’t compare your child with others • You don’t trust your decisions upon your child
Understand that each parenting style takes a different approach to raise children:
Type #1: Authoritarian Parenting
Parents that have this style of parenting are often thought of as disciplinarians. This is what defines their parenting style: - They are quite strict, rules are not defined and punishment is quite common - They don’t listen to their children most of the times and communication is mostly one way. They don’t give a chance to their children to explain themselves - They are less nurturing and supportive - There is limited flexibility but expectations are quite high
Type #2: Permissive Parenting
Indulgent or permissive parenting revolves around being more like friends than parents. Parents let their children do what they want and provide guidance only when it is needed. - The discipline style is quite friendly and there are limited to no rules for the children - The children are provided guidance when needed, but they are mostly taught to figure problems out on their own - There is no communication barrier and children are not afraid to share anything with their parents - Parents are nurturing and supportive - Parents do not have a lot of high expectations from their children
Type #3: Uninvolved Parenting
This type of parenting gives a lot of freedom to children to do whatever they want to do. Some parents are more open to this type of parenting while some are unsure of what to do or less interested in parenting. - There is no particular discipline as not much attention is given on what children are doing. This is mostly because of a lack of caring or information - There is very limited communication - There is little nurturing or support provided by the parents - Although expectations are high, parents do not force their children to meet their goals