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PARENTING STYLES

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No set of parents raise their children the same. As we learned in our chapter in human development, there are three types of parenting styles that parents typically fall into. They include permissive, authoritarian, and authoritative parenting styles. Parents raise their children according to their morals, values, and beliefs. There are however many factors that play into what type of style of parenting you fall into. Religion, relationship with child, and personal experience all play into what type of style parents use.

When parents fall under the permissive style, they give up most rules to their children which allows them a considerable amount of freedom in their life. They avoid disciplining their child at all cost which often means giving them the benefit of the doubt or simply turning a blind eye to what's really going on. Most importantly though, permissive parents shower their children with more affection than you can imagine.

Another type of parenting is the authoritarian parenting style. In this style, parents are extremely strict and punish children whenever they deem necessary. They set high standards for their children and are greatly upset when these standards are not met. In doing this they show very little emotional and are often distant.

The Final type of parenting style is authoritative which is a combination of permissive and authoritarian parenting styles. Most parents use this style to raise their children because it provides structure as well as affection. They help their children be responsible for themselves and own up to any consequences that come their way. They want them to succeed in life, and be the best that they can be. They set clear guidelines for their children to follow, and praise them when they do well.

Personally, my parents raised me in an authoritarian home. The pushed me to have good grades in school, yet rewarded me whenever I came home with A's. I always had chores around the house, and rules about going out at night too. However, with these rules, I became a well trusted daughter and was allowed to go places like Chicago without having my parents worry about me.

source: "Parenting Styles." About Pediatrics - Pediatric Parenting and Medical Advice . The New York Times Company, 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2011.

Food. Friend or Foe?

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When someone says the word bulimia, it brings about a sort of taboo that most people are afraid to talk about. In reality, bulimia is the most common eating disorder affecting one to three percent of our population. It is described as a pattern of bingeing and purging. Someone with this eating disorder may eat up to 10,000 calories in one sitting and then use a variety of means to exit the food from their body including vomiting or abusing laxatives. This disease appears most often in adolescent girls faced with society's pressure to feel thin. The media plays a large role in this pressure by showing the glamorous lifestyles that characters on T.V. shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and The O.C. portray. Every character looks more beautiful and thinner than the last giving yourself next to impossible standards to compare yourselves too. The media isn't the only factor that may lead to bulimia though. Genetics, trauma, family among others are all factors that contribute to the disease.
Bulimia is far more common than we think. American Idol runner up, Katherine McPhee, told the world that she suffers from the eating disorder bulimia. McPhee became obsessed with her weight at age thirteen, and it has been an uphill battle for her ever since. Through auditioning for American Idol, she has had to learn to cope with multiple triggers including stress. She continued to lose weight throughout the season, and it became evident that McPhee wasn't healthy. She's now open about her condition and is advocating towards healthier lifestyles. It was really brave of McPhee to be so open about her personal life on such an open televised show. It opens the door for parents to talk to their children about eating disorders and the pressures that can cause them.

The link below tells about Katherine McPhee's bulimia struggles.

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/bulimia-nervosa/features/american-idol-runner-up-admits-bulimia?page=2

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