Challenges of Parenting

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Looking into the future I am very excited to be a parent one day. Because of this, I think the different parenting styles observed by Baumrind, a psychologist on human development, will be something that I will definitely use when the time comes. As a nanny and babysitter, I have seen different parenting styles that resemble permissive, authoritarian, and authoritative ways of parenting. From this experience, I have also learned the style I will strive to be when I become a mother. I find that adopting the authoritative parenting style will allow me to show my love towards my children while earning respect at the same time as I will set rules and limits that they must abide by. If the rules are forbidden, then there will be limits. Growing up, I have noticed that my parents have also adopted the authoritative parenting style and I have appreciated them for that. Parents of children that I care for who are permissive tend to let their children have whatever they want even if they throw a temper tantrum. This is not a style I like because, as their babysitter, I have to deal with children who whine to me and throw a fit when I say no to something they want. With authoritarian parents, the kids tend to be afraid of their parents and seem to have difficulty expressing themselves.

Psychology from Inquiry to Understanding, Scott Lilienfeld, pg 388,r:2,s:0,i:73&tx=117&ty=69

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Nice graph! I hadn't really thought about this before, but I definitely think that my new knowledge of parenting techniques will help me in the future. It's interesting to look back and see where my own parents fit in to the spectrum.

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