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It's Okay to be the Bad Guy. Whats your parenting Style?



Often as parents, we are considered the “worst” or the “only parent” with certain rules that “none of their friends have to follow”. This is okay. Your job is to parent, and parenting children, especially teens can be hard.


When your children start to enter young adulthood they may start to push your parenting style and make you question what to do! The best answer is sticking to an authoritative style of parenting. Teens with parents who demonstrate this style tend to be self-disciplined and think for themselves.


Stay strong. Be kind. And parent on!


4 Types of Parenting

Authoritarian: “Helicopter parent”

  • Strict discipline type with no negotiation.

  • Punishment is common

  • Communication is one way=parent to child

  • Rules are not explained


Permissive: “The friend”

  • Indulgent parent. Letting children do what they way with limited guidance or direction.

  • Considered a friend than a parent

  • Limited rules and let children “figure” problem on their own

Uninvolved: “Free range parenting”

  • Lots of freedom and parent is usually not around (emotionally or physically)

  • Limited communication

  • No expectations of children

Authoritative: “The parent”

  • Nurturing, reasonable, with clear, high expectations

  • Disciplinary rules are clear and the reasons behind them are explained.

  • Communication is frequent and appropriate to the child’s level of understanding.



Source: What Is My Parenting Style? Four Types of Parenting. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/parenting-style-four-types-of-parenting


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