Parenting Styles

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In reflecting on the readings, it is clear that parenting is a balance of responsiveness and demandingness (Maccoby & Martin, 1983). As parents we must nurture and regulate our children and the best approach to do that would be to follow the authoritative style. Authoritative parenting seems to be the most beneficial for the long term academic and social success of the child. . "They monitor and impart clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive. They want their children to be assertive as well as socially responsible, and self-regulated as well as cooperative" (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). The variance in parenting styles can be part of the differentiation presented within the classroom. This variance can be presented in the behavior, maturity and academic preparedness of the individual students within the classroom. I think it's important to recognize that we do not teach a class but rather individuals within a class. If two children exhibit the same negative behavi...

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