Parenting is a wonderful and challenging job.  Here is what the latest research is saying about Parenting:

How would you describe your parenting style? Permissive? Hands-off? Authoritarian?

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What the research indicates is an authoritative parenting style, one that’s firm yet warm, seems to be that which we should be striving. Research suggests that your parenting style can affect how determined your child is. Countless studies indicate that kids with authoritative parents have more positive outcomes and greater well-being. Research suggests that the authoritative style, with its high expectations and high responsiveness, has the greatest effect on academic success.

When looking at different parenting styles, research also suggest that Authoritarian parents make more decisions for their child, while permissive parents may lean toward letting kids figure it out on their own. We find that in both cases, we are missing opportunities to help our children learn how to make good decisions.

What I find most exciting is an authoritative parenting style is one that guides. They say children of authoritative parents are instructed to think carefully, weighing their options and consequences. These children obtain an advantage in developing self-confidence, willpower, and self-discipline. Traits we all want our children to have.

Fondly,

Dr. Michele