Parenting Styles

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Diane Baumrind’s typology has two major dimensions. The first dimension is responsiveness. In the text it mentions that responsiveness “refers to the extent in which parents respond to and meet the needs of their children.” (Knox 364). This is when parents support, encourage, and foster their children’s needs. The second dimension is demandingness which is “the matter in which parents place demands on children in regard to expectations and discipline.” (Knox 364). This is about how strict a parent is and how much control these use on their children.

Diane Baumrind lays out four parenting styles. These styles are authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and uninvolved. The authoritarian parent is a parent that has high demands, is strict and cold in responsiveness. In the book Infants, Children and Adolescents it says that authoritarian parents “appear cold and rejecting; frequently degrade their children by putting her down” (Berk 389). They want their children to respect and obey them. Children that live with these parents end up being unhappy. In the book Infants, Children and Adolescents it mentions that these children have frustration built up inside of them.

The next parenting style is authoritative. This parenting style has the best results and outcomes in children. This is when there is acceptance and warmth. They are also involved in their child’s activities. As it mentions in Infants, Children and Adolescents these parents are “warm, attentive, and sensitive to their child’s needs” (Berk 388). The warmth and sensitivity to a child’s needs brings them closer to the parents. With the warmth there is also there is reasonable strictness, and rules. These parents explain their discipline, punishments a...

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...ould have done differently would be to make a less harsh punishment. I would also have made the punishments for both children the same. I would also explain to my children the reason I gave them that certain punishment.

The qualities I would like to promote in my children are kindness, compassion, caring, selflessness, giving, and respectfulness. I could optimize my chances of doing this by being an example for my children. I would do these things myself so my children look up to me and see these qualities. I would give charity to different organizations and bring my children along with me when I give to them. I would respect my elders, friends and family. I would care about other people and help them when they need a friend or someone to talk to.


Berk, Laura E. Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2005. Print.
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