Parenting Types

There are 4 Main Parenting Types which are you?

1. Authoritative Parenting

This is regarded as the most effective and beneficial parent type for children. These parents have high expectations for their children mixed with understanding and support. There is a structure within the family, set bedtimes, meal times and routine. There are clear consequences to bad behaviour. These, however, are still from a nurturing perspective. Good communication between parent and the child exists. The child in this family understands the exceptions and is supported to succeed at them.

2. Neglectful Parenting

This parenting type can come about as a result of poor child behaviour. The parent may have a lack of confidence and does not care for the needs of the child. Neglectful parents will spend time away from their child. They rarely mix with family, friends and professionals involved with the child. This type of parenting can be changed through support and education. Long-term exposure to a neglectful parent will result in damage to the child.

3. Permissive Parenting

These parents are described as indulgent parents. The child is granted whatever they want to avoid confrontation. These parents are nurturing and loving but the family contains few rules. The children from these parents are unruly. As the child matures this could cause damage in school. The child will have poor social skills, be self-centred and clash with authority.

4. Authoritarian Parenting

In this family, the parent is very strict and rules are rigid and inflexible. The parents will demand respect from their children. They will be unresponsive to the child. There will be little open dialogue in the family. The rules are explained and stuck to. Punishment is severe when the rules are broken.


Parents who are authoritative will have days when nothing works.

Effective parenting is the hardest job you will ever do.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents – Jane D. Hull

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