We’ve all wondered what the best parenting style is to ensure we’re raising our children the best we can, but is there really a “best” parenting style? What’s your parenting style?

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What’s your parenting style? Despite constantly worrying whether or not we’re raising our kids to be kind, independent people, we’ve all wondered what the best parenting style is to raise our kids. The short answer: there isn’t one. There are a variety of parenting styles that may or may not work for you, and ultimately, it’s not up to you if your parenting style works. Each child has their own personality and will respond differently to different parenting styles, so it’s important to parent the way your child needs you to but still stay true to what you believe as a parent. Are you a strong disciplinarian? Are you laid back? Better yet, are you a balance of multiple styles?

What’s your Parenting Style?

Everyone may have their own idea of the best parenting style, and scientific research may have its own recommendations. For starters, figure out how you parent or consider how you WANT to parent.

Authoritative: An authoritative parent is nurturing and supportive but sets strict boundaries for their kids in order to teach discipline and control behavior. While this teaches children rules and consequences to bad behavior, it can easily be taken too far, resulting in overly strict parenting that pushes children away. That said, most experts agree that this is the best parenting style for raising friendly, achievement-oriented children. 

Permissive: The opposite of an authoritative parent is a permissive parent. Permissive parenting is laid back, allows children freedom and does not closely monitor their activities. Although giving your child space is great for their development, permissive parenting can result in rebellious, aggressive children with lower self-esteem. 

Unresponsive: These parents are considered unresponsive because they pay little attention to their kids. Usually, this applies to parents who do not spend enough time around their kids and seem cold or rejecting. Do I really need to tell you why this isn’t a recommended parenting style?

If you’ve seen a few episodes of Working Moms on Netflix, you may have heard that one mom did not believe in using the "N word"...no. This style of parenting would fall under the permissive parenting style, but you can still take lenient approaches to raising your children and ensure they are told “no” often enough to encourage they develop good behaviors. When it comes to parenting, every person has to find their own way. There’s no outright wrong way to parent, but experts still suggest a flexible authoritative parent - one who is warm and nurturing but still knows when to put their foot down and establish boundaries. 

How to Choose a Parenting Style

For all parents, especially first-time parents, choosing the best parenting style for their family is a stressful idea. After all, you worry so much about sticking to your parenting “plan” that you may overdo it. In today’s world, it’s very easy to over-parent or under-parent, so it’s best to find the “just right” techniques for yourself and your family. That may mean some trial and error, and yes, you’re going to make mistakes. Your child will be OK.

Ultimately, no one can tell you how to parent your children, and we should all refrain from mom shaming anyone for their parenting style. We all have the right to raise our children our own way, and surely every parent has their child’s best interest at heart.

So, how would you describe your parenting style?

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Holly Wade
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Nessly Hamoy said:

Honestly, I do not have a parenting style. I just do what I feel and believe to be right for my child and I think I am on the right track as he seems to be a manageable toddler. Glad to have read these parenting options. Thanks for sharing.

Abby said:

My little one is very small now but already i can tell that an authoritative style works best for me and her. I love her too much to be a total dictator but I know I need to set boundaries even at her 10month old age! Great, Informative post! And your little one are lovely x

Sherry said:

I alternate between authoritative and permissive parenting based on my kids’ ages, activities, and other factors. I ideally want my children to be able to understand and set boundaries for themselves by the time they enter adulthood. This means allowing them to make mistakes and being there to support them when that happens and encouraging them to not define themselves by a mistake but to learn and grow from it instead.

Mhea Macabenta said:

No matter what your style is, I think it’s important to respect the child in disciplining them.. I think I’m a mix of authoritative and permissive.

Shayla Marie said:

Parenting is truly the most challenging job!. I try so hard to keep a healthy balance, pulling from the best of all of these but I’m human so sometimes I slip into unresponsive (especially when I’ve not had a break) in weeks.

I think my parenting style is best described as a little bit of all of them though, I often go with my instinct in situations and I pray a lot!

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