by Sarah E. James
Authoritative parenting is one of the parenting styles that requires consistency. It promotes open communication with the children. They set clear standards so their children know what is expected of them and are consistent in implementing these standards. This style is assertive. The parents are non-interfering and non-intrusive in the ways they choose to discipline.
5 Benefits of Authoritative Parenting
Many studies have been conducted on parenting styles and their effects on children. Experts agree in some areas, while disagreeing in others. That’s why it’s important for parents to do research to form their own opinions on the benefits of their styles. Let me share five advantages of the authoritative parenting style:
Behavior Issues -These parents rarely witness signs of behavioral problems with their children. This goes for home, school and other outside activities. These children practice good behavior throughout every phase of their developmental stages. Not all styles reap this benefit.
Self-discipline -Authoritative parenting instills a sense of self-discipline in children. Their children are very socially accountable for their actions, making them socially trustworthy. Just like their parents, they have assertive personalities, never being passive or aggressive in the way they interact with others.
Open Communication -Children with authoritative parents are given the freedom to question their parents. Their parents allow topics to be open for discussion, but still require cooperation at the end of the discussion. This helps children learn how to communicate with others, while learning how to obey rules without showing signs of anger.
Competency – This style also promotes high levels of self-esteem and self-worth. Children involved in this style grow up to be competent, efficient teenagers and eventually, adults. By promoting self-love, these parents instill lifelong values in their kids. They are well qualified to go out into the world and conquer dreams and goals at will.
Confidence – Children of authoritative parents display high levels of confidence. Throughout school years, they exhibit the highest quality of academic achievement. They always strive to be the best they can be at anything they attempt. They grow up with the “I can do anything I set my mind to” way of thinking to become very confident, successful adults.
The Assertive Form of Parenting Styles
Authoritative parenting is an assertive way of parenting. Of all the styles, this one promotes the most communication between the parents and their children. This helps to promote understanding and self-discipline. These children exhibit confidence, great social skills and a high level of achievement.
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