“This is part three of a four part series on Positive Discipline (or positive parenting). For the past few weeks we have focused on a few key areas of positive discipline. So far we have discussed the importance of conducting self-evaluations and providing structure and limits. Please feel free to send questions in the comment form if you are looking for more specific information.
Although there are many different ways to parent children, there are three distinct parenting styles:
Authoritative parents are firm, loving, and kind. They provide structure and set rules, but are not overly strict. They have reasonable expectations.
Authoritarian parents are strict, controlling, and inflexible. They expect obedience without questioning and are often insensitive to their child’s emotional needs. They don’t often explain or even establish rules, but always apply consequences when a rule is broken.
Permissive parents are indulgent and fear imposing their will on their child’s developing personality. They do not set rules and do not use consequences. They even attempt to avoid any natural consequences for fear that their child might have hurt feelings. Although they avoid structure and limits, they often become frustrated with negative or defiant behavior.”
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