Parenting Style

Finding the most effective parenting style for you

When you have a child, you probably already have an idea of the parenting style that you want to practice. However, different children require different styles of parenting, and what may work for one family may not work for another. Most parents tend to model their style of parenting after the way they were raised, but for children who have high needs or require a lot more attention, traditional parenting methods may not work. Choosing a parenting style that addresses the whole family's needs is important. Learn more about the parenting style that will work for you.

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Good Parenting vs. Bad Parenting

There is no one right parenting style, though some books or websites may try to tell you so. The best approach to parenting is the way that works best for your family. Good parenting is comprised of staying consistent, patient and loving, and providing for your child. However, there are many different ways to achieve these goals. They may include parenting options such as:

  • Authoritative parenting style. This is the style that many are familiar with; many parents have raised children according to this style's strict rules and instructions. While an authoritative style will work to achieve discipline, it can be too harsh for more sensitive children.
  • Permissive parenting style. This style works by allowing children to make their own decisions and suffer their own consequences. Permissive parents aren't afraid to give in to their child's wants and whims. While this style may work some of the time – parents shouldn't be afraid to listen to their children – it is often not a great parenting style when it comes to discipline.
  • Active parenting style. This style involves parents being active in listening and disciplining their children in a more collaborative way. Active parents involve their children in many important decisions and try to be there for their children in all that they do.
  • Attachment parenting style. This style of parenting is becoming increasingly popular, and involves fostering an attachment that will last a lifetime, using several different parenting techniques.

Effective parenting starts by being empathetic and patient with your child. Positive parenting doesn't have to be permissive; you don't have to spoil your child in order to provide a loving home and support system for them. Choose the style that works best for you, and don't be afraid to ask other parents about what worked for their families. The best thing you can do for your child is to love them. How you choose to practice your parenting style is up to you.