Chapter 4: Parenting Styles and Development

Parenting styles can have major impacts on the different ways in which children become adults. Personally, I believe that each child has different needs, which will in turn affect the way that they are raised. For example, my parents have always been very lenient with my siblings and I, we never had strict rules because we were well behaved for the most part. In contrast, I have friends whose parents were more strict which worked well within their family dynamic.

I personally believe that the ideal parenting style would be the authoritative parenting, because they tend to what their child needs in addition to having high standards for their behavior. This style incorporates all of the positive aspects from helicopter parenting, tiger moms and jellyfish dads. Parents need to protect their child and ensure that they have some control over them from the point of view from helicopter parenting. Being too overbearing can result in the child defying and hiding things from their parents. The positive outlook on tiger moms is that they push their children to be the best that they can be. However too much pressure on the child can create high stress levels concerning their parent’s expectations, ultimately resulting in health complications. The last aspect of authoritative parenting is jelly fish dads, some leniency and freedom can be good for a child. Giving the child too much freedom at a young age can create issues with listening and executing tasks once they enter the work force or higher education. Once two people become parents they must consider what would be most beneficial for their child and find the perfect balance of discipline and freedom.


One thought on “Chapter 4: Parenting Styles and Development

  1. I agree that parenting is specific to each child. Different parenting styles exist because all children react differently to punishment and affection. I also agree that overall, the authoritative parenting style is the best. It is important to be accepting of and responsive to children, while also being demanding, and somewhat controlling. This what an authoritative parent is. From my experience as well, helicopter parenting can result in the opposite of what parents are aiming to do. As the mini-lecture stated these children may have trouble dealing with emotions and may not do well in school due to a lack of motivation and bad behavior. Even worse, these children are at a higher risk of unhealthy drug use. These are all things that helicopter parents try to avoid. Although it is true that tiger moms try to push their children to be the best that they can be, I do not think that the level that these moms push to is healthy. Parenting is a tricky situation to navigate, but one that is necessary if you have kids.

    Myers, D. G., & DeWall, C. N. (2016). Exploring Psychology (10th ed.). NY, NY: Worth.

    Note: Could not italicize book title.


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