Types of Parenting

Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents try to control their children at all times.  The children of these parents tend not to learn how to solve their own problems or have independent thoughts. Children of authoritarian parents are often compliant and submissive and are more likely to suffer from low self-confidence.

Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents help a child think for themselves, but also offer guidance by being involved in their children’s lives and encouraging children to meet expectations and follow agreed-upon rules and guidelines. This kind of parent prefers to teach the child necessary life skills instead of punishing them for bad behavior.  

Authoritative parents have been shown to have the most successful children of these categories. Their warm and loving style of child-rearing allows children to feel accepted and confident in their own abilities while also feeling supported by their parents when they need help.

Permissive Parenting

Permissive parents allow children to make all of their own decisions and do not interfere with the child’s choices, even if they are bad choices.  This type of parent may not feel that there is anything they can do to change the behavior of their children or they may may be simply avoiding conflict.  Children of permissive parents tend to be aggressive and often feel frustrated and confused by the lack of guidance they receive.

Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved parenting is a type of parenting that makes few demands on a child. An uninvolved parent communicates very little and is often slow to respond to a child. While most uninvolved parents do provide for a child’s basic needs, but some may in fact may even ignore the child’s needs. They are often detached, and generally not very close the their child.