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What are the different parenting styles, and why do they matter?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | Child Custody & Visitation

Divorced parents sharing custody in Indiana may have different ideas about raising their children. Different parenting styles can be used that can have an impact. These are the different styles and why they matter when you use them to raise your child.

Authoritative style

The authoritative style involves expressing love to the child, setting boundaries, and punishing them when they misbehave. With this style, the parent instills in the child certain expectations but is kind and warm, which is a good balance for the child. With child custody, it’s the most effective style and helps children build good social skills and self-esteem. The parent and child maintain a close, loving relationship.

Authoritarian style

The authoritarian style is strict as the parent has high expectations of the child. They may even punish the child if they don’t meet the parent’s expectations. The parent expects obedience at all times and strictly disciplines them. Children often suffer anxiety, low self-esteem and poor social skills when raised with this parenting style. They often grow up with a strained relationship with their parents.

Permissive style

The permissive parenting style occurs when the parent acts more like the child’s friend than their parent. They allow the child to do what they want and don’t enforce any rules or limits or very little of them. Children with permissive parents may have problems in school and socially. They may lack impulse control and end up unable to identify inappropriate behaviors.

Uninvolved style

The uninvolved style means parents are detached from their kids. This might not be intentional, but the child can suffer regardless. Kids might turn to substance abuse, struggle in school, suffer poor self-esteem or even develop mental health issues.

How you parent your child makes a difference in how they grow up. Showing you care but are their parent is the best balance of parenting.