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Parenting Guide

Jun 20, 2008
Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs anyone may ever have. It is an ongoing process that teaches parents new things each day and leaves much more that needs to be learned before they become a good parent. There are various styles of parents, and each of them has it's own style and characteristics. Basically, there are four styles of parenting namely: authoritarian, permissive, authoritative (also known as egalitarian), and uninvolved.

The first style of parents is that of the authoritarian parent, these parents are like army commanders. Authoritarian parents prefer to issue commands and orders to their children and fully expect their children to carry out their orders without questioning them. They do not welcome nor appreciate any feedback from their children; they live by set and defined rules in a structured environment.

The permissive parents are often seen as those who are overly lenient and they do not set limits for their children. This type of parents often results in children who do not respect authority and are often incapable to make their own choices. As the child grows and becomes a teenager, they tend to be disrespectful and the parents have little control over them.

Authoritative parenting is considered as the balanced style between authoritarian and permissive parents. Authoritative parents give their children a little leeway and choices up until a certain point. Although parents will listen to a child's point of view, ultimately the final decision will rest with the adult.

The fourth parent style is uninvolved parents. Those in this category are basically detached from their children in a way where structure and discipline is almost non-existent. They lack the desire and intention to take on responsibility either because they are incapable or circumstance is preventing them from practicing good parent skills.

There are the basics of parenting that every parent should know and these are: being kind to your children, being a good role model, and always keeping lines of communication open. It is never okay to demean your children, instead use positive methods to discipline a child. You should be warm, share interests, and spend time with your kids. In being a good role model to your children, think of everything you want to teach your children and then just do it in front of them every day. Always remember to keep all avenues of conversation open. Good parenting means talking to your kids about important things in life. Let them know that they can tell you anything that happens to them without fear of being rejected.

Moreover, television and computers often play a big role in the lives of even very young children nowadays. Considering that computers will give them a head start in their education, many parents are keen to have their young children using them as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Internet has many dangers; there are many wholly inappropriate websites for young children. So as part of parental controls, consider the vast array of parental controls technology that is available to help parents control their young child's computer use and television viewing.

Parenting is hard work and will certainly tax your emotions, but it is also one of the most rewarding things that any of us can do. The effort you put into bringing up your children with unconditional love, understanding and trust will invariably be repaid in a hundred different ways.
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