Effective Parenting Styles

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Effective Parenting Styles: Trying Not to Be the “Best Friend” Teenagers face many obstacles in their lives these days, more than ever before. They strive to “fit in” with their peers, to be popular, well liked, and most of all, accepted. They face peer pressure, struggles with depression, and endless amounts of trouble that could have them facing severe consequences. At the root of all of these issues, there is one thing that teenagers do need, and that’s a parent. Not only do they need a parent, but also they need a good one. Parents shape and mould their children into something they want them to be. They instil morals and values that they wish their children could someday possess, like honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, and respect. Those attributes are some characteristics of what we all wish our children had, but that’s up to the parents to make it happen. So, if parents are the key to ensuring a well-rounded teenager, what type of parenting style could get the job done efficiently? Perhaps it is the engaged and devoted parent that makes the most impact or perhaps it is the parents who tend to chose to the their child’s best friend instead of being their mentor? Taking a look at the different parenting styles from authoritarian, authoritative, indifferent-uninvolved, and indulgent permissive, we will begin to understand the best choice in the upbringing of our children. Hard work, obedience, and respect are exactly what parents with an authoritarian parenting style expect from their children. Not only do they assume their child will do what they ask when they ask but they expect to have no discussion about it, just action. These parents set strict rules to try to keep order, and they usually do this without much expression of warmth and affection (Iannelli, 2004). They attempt to set strict standards of conduct and are usually very critical of children
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