Parenting Styles

Did you know that there are 4 typical parenting styles?

Authoritarian Parenting – This is the “Just do it or else” style
This is a highly dictatorial style. They expect children to obey orders without questioning. If asked to explain, the parent might simply say, “Because I said so.” Rules are well defined and breaking them usually results in punishment.

Authoritative Parenting – “A no means a no”
Like authoritarian parents, authoritative parenting sets clear rules and is firm about discipline. But, this style is much more democratic. Authoritative parents are open to their children and willing to listen to questions. When children don’t meet expectations, these parents are more nurturing and forgiving rather than punishing.

Permissive Parenting – “Do anything you want”
Parents with this style believe in the lenient or indulgent approach. They have very few demands to make of their children. They rarely discipline their children because they have low expectations of maturity and self-control. Self-regulation follows and confrontation is avoided. Permissive parents are generally nurturing and communicate with their children, often taking on the roll of a friend more than that of a parent.

Uninvolved Parenting – “I don’t care what you do”
Some parents are uninvolved in their children’s lives, which in a few cases, borders on neglect. They have few demands and little communication with their children. While these parents fulfill the child’s basic needs, they are generally disconnected from their child’s life. In extreme cases, these parents may even reject or neglect the needs of their children.


  1. thanks for sharing this, mommy chris!
    question po, generally alin ung applicable from 1-3 ang ideal parenting styles?

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  3. Mom-Friday says

    i think I'm both authoritative and permissive 🙂

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