What kind of parent are you?
The experts tell us that the most all round and happy child comes from the parenting style that is authoritative – not indulgent or permissive , not disinterested without guidance but firm love.
‘An authoritative parent keeps a close eye on children, sets firm boundaries, but grants considerable freedom within them. Intervenes only when necessary. Sticks to what they say, and does not shy away from conflict when enforcing rules. Loving, supportive, but not over-indulgent. A key aspect is flexibility: adapts responses after listening to and taking into account both their own perspective and that of the child’
Children of authoritative parents are happier, academically more successful, emotionally better adjusted and have better personal relationships than other children
Aaaaahhhhhh ! no pressure !
I don’t know about you but I often break my rules if it suits the situation, often bribe my children into doing things, love them a little too much and quite often see their point of view too easily and so find myself giving in, I’ve been known to go a bit mad going down to their level – - all wrong the experts say – oh dear oh dear oh dear – how will they turn out?
As parents we want our children to be happy, to have good social and emotional skills, to be free from any anxiety, to be in control and resilient to knocks in life, have good self-esteem, optimistic, fun and flexible – with empathy for others – lets hope our parenting skills are giving them some of these skills.
How / what are your views on best parenting practice?