The type of discipline you use will have a dramatic impact on your child’s development. Your method of discipline will have a big impact on the type of relationship you have with your child. Various kinds of disciplinary approaches will even affect the mood and temperament of children into adulthood.

Researchers have found four parenting designs. These different designs explain how parents think about what their children want from them. As a result, each parent uses a different mode of disciplinary approach.

Parenting Which Is Authoritarian.
Authoritarian parenting is where parents build a foundation and hope that children can follow them without exception. The children have little or no involvement in the issues or challenges to problem-solving. Instead, their parents hope that they should follow all the rules at all times.

If children challenge the rules or question they are usually told, “Because I said so.” Children do not seem to be given an explanation for the rules and there is very little room for negotiation. Authoritarian parents may use punishment rather than consequences.

Although children who grow with authoritarian parents tend to follow every rule, they will develop problems of superficiality. In many instances, these children become hostile or aggressive because they will focus more on the anger towards their parents for social control than learning how to make choices and solve problems.
Parenting Which is  Authoritative.
Authoritative parents also have rules that are expected to be followed by the children, but they allow some exceptions to these rules. They usually tell their children the reason for the rules and they are more willing to reflect on their feelings once they set limits.

Authoritative parents tend to use consequences rather than punishment. They also use more positive consequences to strengthen intelligent behaviour and are more willing than authoritarian parents to use a system of appreciation and praise.

Children who are raised with authoritative disciplines tend to be happy and fulfilled. They are usually smart at making choices and evaluating their own safety risks. They are usually responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Parenting Which is Permissive.
When parents are permissive, they do not provide abundant discipline to their children. They have a tendency to be soft and just have to step in where it is significantly necessary. There are also several instances for misbehaviour, but they usually develop a viewpoint that “children will grow over it.”

A permissive parent may handle more exponent roles than another type of parents. They will encourage their children to talk to them about their problems, but it may not prevent many unhealthy behaviours.

Children of permissive parents tend to struggle academically. They will show additional behavioural problems because they may not respect authority and rules. They usually have low self-esteem and tend to be unhappy.

Not Involved in Parenting.

Parents who are not involved tend to be negligent. They usually do not fulfil the basic desires of their children and expect children to lift themselves up. Usually, this is often for older parents with mental conditions or have problems with abuse. They will also have little or no information about child care and development or may feel overwhelmed by various life problems.

Parents who are not involved tend to have little information about what their children are doing. There tends to be little if any, rules or expectations. children may not receive proper care and attention and that they lack parental attention.

When parents are not involved, children tend to lack self-esteem and that they perform poorly academically. They also often show behavioural problems and rank low in happiness.

Determine  Discipline Strategy
Sometimes a parent doesn’t just have to fit into one class. There are also times when they are also authoritarian and their time they tend to be more authoritative and their methods of discipline may differ from child to child.

When determining disciplinary strategies, it is important to consider what you need to know about your child. Effective disciplinary methods will teach children to be responsible adults who are able to create healthy selections on their own.



  • Margaret Achieng

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