Parenting styles; which is right for your family?

There are a number of parenting styles which parents can use to raise their children. There could actually be thought of as an infinite number, since they really exist as a spectrum of interchangeable and adaptable styles that parents can adapt to suit their family needs. More generally speaking however, parenting styles are mostly they become classified into one of five dominant features;

Balanced, Uninvolved, Permissive, Strict, and Overbearing.

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The Uninvolved (Neglectful) parenting style:

It is very low in closeness between parents and children and very high in versatility. The Uninvolved parenting style is described by low emotional connection, weak responsiveness from parent to child, high freedom of child from parent (parents are disconnected from child’s life), highly variable rules that are loosely implemented, and few requirements made on the child.

The Permissive (relaxed) parenting style:

It is a type of parenting style designated by low demands with high responsiveness. Permissive parents manage to be very loving, yet provide few guidelines and rules. These parents do not demand mature behavior from their children and often seem more like friends than a parental figure.

The Strict (authoritarian) parenting style:

The Strict parenting style is when parents demand kids to follow the rules with no argument or compromise. Parents use this method for many reasons. Many prefer this style because of their nationality, culture, or ethical environments dictate it.

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The Overbearing or Overprotective parenting style

It is characterized by overly protective parents who cater to the child’s every need and create more extra like a friend to the kid while at the same time rigorously imposing a conception of rules with firm discipline.

The Balanced (authoritative) parenting style

It is defined by emotional and nurturing parents, who are supportive emotionally, sensitive to their children’s needs, supportive toward freedom (with monitoring), faithful and fair in meeting out discipline, and who demand age-appropriate behavior.


The important thing when being a parent is to be flexible. There is no one ‘perfect’ parenting style, and you will need to constantly work and reassess what is best for your, your children and your wider families needs. Generally, experts recommend you try and adopt the Balanced (authoritative) parenting style as best you can, which is really just a disciplined combination of all the best strategies on the parenting Spectrum.

What would you describe as your preferred parenting style, and which parenting style has worked best for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.



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