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Children And Parenting Styles Are Authoritarian, Permissive And Authoritative

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We all have had parents or caregivers that raised us in ways in which they thought would make us into good people. Some parent’s were very strick with their children, while some were the complete opposite. However, according to Balswick and Balswick (2014), ”Children who grow up without adequate guidance become fertile ground for authoritarian leaders or cults that prey on neglected young people” (p. 113). Also, according to Wilson et al. (2011), maltreated children are in constant state of stress which can permanently damage their brains, speeding of slowing down emotional responses. So, how is a parent to raise a children so they are not preyed upon, abused nor neglected? Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist has tried to answer this question through her reserch. She studied children and thier parents and came up with four parenting styles. According to Berger (2014) those parenting styles are authoritarian, permissive and authoritative. Authoritarian parents shows little support for their children and are very controlling (Balswick & Balswick, 2014). They demand a kind of blind obedience from the children. Permissive parents are very supportive but have little control over their children (Balswick & Balswick, 2014). This type of parent is reluctant to impose rules and standards, preferring to let their children to regulate themselves. Authoritative parenting occupies a sort of middle ground between granting too much freedom and being
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