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When it comes to parenting, everyone does things differently, but there are four main styles of parenting that most of us fall into - what sort of parent are you?
Authoritative Parenting sees parents explaining rules and reasoning with their children, and explaining their expectations. Parents will often forgive their children rather than punish them, but when they do punish, they explain why and take care that the child understands. Parents accept age-appropriate behaviour but expect a level of maturity and in return, offer a level of independece.
Authoritarian Parenting takes a strict approach, requiring conformity to rules with parents demanding high expectations that their children may find difficult to fullfil. Such parents may punish rather than reason with their children, and may be less open to understanding to the individual needs of children.
Permissive Parenting takes a more open approach to parenting, allowing children to express themselves as they wish, and giving them the freedom to do as they wish. Parents are responsive to the needs of their children but do not enforce behaviour. Children brought up in an indulgent way may find it difficult to accept authority later in their lives but at the same time, may adapt to independent life better than children parented in other ways.
Neglectful Parenting describes a much more hands-off approach where parents are disengaged from their children - they lack warmth and involvement in their childrens' daily lives. They provide basic needs but neglect to nurture their children or offer the emotional support that other children enjoy.
Childminders also care in similar ways and for the best results, childminders should take on children who are being nurtured in a style similar to their own. A sympathetic environment beyond their family life will help to comfort children rather than confuse them. Similarly, if you are seeking a childminder for your children, try to identify your own style of parenting and look for a childminder that appears to work in a similar way.
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