I was very intrigued to read about the "too hard", "too soft", and "just right" parenting styles described in chapter ten (p. 388). Diana Baumrind's work provides insight into three different observable styles of parenting in which middle-class, Caucasian families tend to subscribe to. These styles include Permissive (the "too soft" style"), Authoritarian (the "too hard" style), and Authoritative (the "just right" style). The question then becomes this--which style is the most effective? The obvious choice is the "just right" option. Authoritative parents serve as a happy medium between the Submissive style of parents who are too lenient and give too much freedom and the Authoritarian ones who are too strict and deny their children this freedom.
I feel as though many parents or other individuals who read about Baumrind's work may ask themselves, which type of parent am I? However, I disagree with the idea that individuals all belong to a certain "group" or demonstrate behaviors in just one of the various parenting styles. Through personal experiences and the experiences of others that I have noted, I feel as though every parent finds themselves being the "too lenient" or the "too forceful" parent at one point or another. As normal human beings, I am sure that is rare that they find themselves to be the perfect Authoritative figure described in Baumrind's "just right" model of parenting all of the time.