The psychology topic that I will remember most later in life is parenting styles and punishment. When you walk through a store, you may come across children crying and screaming over a toy or candy bar; some parents yell at their kids, some spank, some give in, and some ignore them. There has been long discussion and debates on what type of parenting style is best in the upbringing of a child. There are four parenting styles based on Baumrind's observations: permissive, authoritarian, authoritative, and uninvolved. Looking back on my childhood, I feel that my parents exceled at authoritative style. They gave me good strict guidelines, however let me explore and support me throughout my life. I feel that no two families could parent in the exact same way. The four parenting styles are just a very broad illustration of what the parenting styles could look like. Even though authoritative parenting style is said to be the best, I do not believe that is true for every child. Each child and family comes with their own circumstances, and styles may work differently with some children. Children learn and grow in their own way and parents should react to them specifically. The book describes how some authors refer to parenting styles as "too hard", "too soft", and "just right". As a parent, how will you know what is "just right"?
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