April 1, 2022. 4 minute Read
A parent needs absolutely no lecture on how to raise their children. But in life, we go through so many things that we tend to forget the basics attached to parenting.
As a parent, we have to play a more prominent role in children’s life. Even Barack Obama once said,
Children need our unconditional love — whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.”
Parenting is a process of raising children by encouraging their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development to ensure their healthy development into adulthood.
Parenting can affect everything in a child, from how the child thinks about themself to how they perceive the world.
A Parenting style is a psychological construct where parents use strategies in their child-rearing. Parenting styles represent how parents respond to and make demands on their children.
According to the research, there are four types of parenting styles.
(Demanding and responsive)
Authoritative Parenting is focused on a child-centered approach that holds high expectations of maturity.
Authoritative parents can understand how their children feel and teach them how to regulate their feelings. They are often warm and responsive.
They have clear rules, monitor the limits they set, and will be very supportive. They put effort into building a positive relationship with the kids. They encourage the child to be independent and give space for the child to be expressive.
They explain their reason for punishment which, in some cases, may lead to more understanding and complying behavior from the child. In this kind of Parenting, a child knows why they are being punished because an authoritative parent makes the reasons known.
Children of authoritative parents are more likely
(Not demanding and not responsive)
Neglectful parents are often cold and unresponsive. Here, parents usually stay detached from the children’s needs.
They don’t set any rules and are uninvolved.
Children of neglectful parents are often
Even though authoritative Parenting has been a positive and desirable parenting style, the focus should be on a different parenting practice for different kids rather than following a single parenting style.
Based on the context, the parents can decide when to be warm, when to set rules and when to be demanding or less demanding.
Shreedevi Kulkarni is a counseling psychologist with expertise in adolescent counseling, child counseling, and skills training. She has experience as a Psychology lecturer and believes in empowering her students through experiential learning.
She is a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering and always believed that a creative idea backed with technology could make a difference. Her inquisitive nature helps her curate impactful ideas and would help make a difference to the business community and society at large.