For any parent to be an effective, loving parent, they must use authoritative parenting styles. The first step in this direction is to determine the styles that your child needs in their own home. Here are a few of the most common styles and why each one is used.
Authoritative parenting styles are high on responsiveness and demandingness. Whereas authoritarian parenting styles usually order their kids around and permissive parenting styles are often too relaxed with their kids, authoritative parenting styles strive to involve their children in meaningful conversation.
When you have this type of parenting style in your home, it means that you have your children’s attention. In this mode, it’s important to be involved in your child’s day-to-day lives. You need to give them your full attention in order to teach them important skills such as taking turns, following directions, and being prepared to speak up when you believe they’re not being listened to.
On the other hand, in responsive parenting, your goal is to set boundaries. Responsive parenting styles focus on communicating with their child’s demands. They may say, “no” if your child doesn’t listen to you, but they do not physically punish your child. Instead, they just listen to what you’re saying so that you can be clear about what you expect from them.
This style of parenting works best when you live in a community. A child who grows up with parents who communicate with their demands is going to learn to communicate with their own needs, just as they would have learned in the family. You will have your own boundaries, and your children will understand them well. This will help you encourage self-responsibility in your children and help them avoid peer pressure when they grow up. It can also help to keep your child on task because you’ll be able to set limits to the behavior you expect from them.
Responsive parenting can be very effective for children if you have good communication with your child. If your child has a problem with getting attention from you, it may be because you communicate too little. In some cases, you might even say too much, but this is usually because you aren’t connecting with your child in a meaningful way.
Responsive parenting is also ideal for children who have poor communication skills. Since you’ll be communicating with your child’s needs, you have a better chance of teaching them to be more sensitive to others and to the needs of others. When you encourage your child to listen to you instead of the other parent, they’ll be more likely to listen to their peers. This is very helpful in any family.
Both Styles Are Common
These are only two of the many parenting styles. They are just two of the most common. There are many more, and I encourage you to research the different parenting styles out there before deciding which one you prefer.
You should always speak from a place of love when you teach your child how to listen to their parents. It will help your child feel loved and respected when they can feel they have been heard and that you respect their opinions. Children need to learn to put themselves in your shoes, even if they’re not always good at doing so. This is a skill that will serve them well into adulthood.
Listen to them, and let them share their thoughts and feelings with you. This helps them get to know you and to develop a sense of trust and respect for you.
Authoritative parenting styles are not all the same. You may be quite successful using some of them, or you might end up finding yourself confused and frustrated by some of them.