Dissimilarity In Parenting Children And Teenagers

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Section 2: Parenting Children and teenagers Section one describes the various parenting styles and notes the affect personalities can have on these styles. It explains why dissimilarity in parenting styles affects child outcomes and touches on healthy discipline. It will briefly reflect on my family of origin in relation to the topic. Finally, it will conclude with a short summary. In today’s modern society parents are conditioned to believe they need expert help in raising healthy, normal children. Whilst it is helpful to gain some understanding of the social, biological and psychological developmental stages of children, it is more important for parents to feel confident in themselves to nurture and discipline their children without constant expert interference (Balswick & Balswick, 2014). There are various parenting styles, some encourage empowerment and growth; others stifle independent expression and create co-dependency. Baumrind (1996) describes three styles of parenting as authoritative, authoritarian and permissive. Authoritative parenting combines high levels of control and support resulting in children who display psychological autonomy and behavioural compliance. Authoritarian parenting consists of low support and high control producing children who show little autonomy but respect for authority. Permissive parenting integrates high levels of support with low control leaving children lacking social ability and autonomy. Cherry (2009), notes a

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