The most appealing parenting style of the available list is authoritative parenting because of its effectiveness of achievement of child-rearing goals and the tremendous benefits. Authoritative parenting comprises of elements such as warmth, sensitiveness, and restrictions and parents or caregivers choose to use reinforcement and positive reasoning in guiding children Unlike other forms of parenting, this particular approach avoids the use of severe punishments or issuance of threats to children (Osorio & González-Cámara, 2016). Further, authoritative parenting includes all the elements of good and effective parenting such as nurture and responsiveness, rationality, respect, the setting of standards, cooperation, and emotional support.
Authoritative parenting is widely practiced in middle-class and educated family units across the globe. It is highly associated with superior child outcomes. In her presentation, Jennifer Senior (2014) believes there are ways to raise financial savvy, eco-friendly savvy, and healthy kids. She highlights that raising children with such traits boils down to the style of parenting employed. Style of parenting models children into academically and professionally successful, well-behaved, independent, and individuals who are also self-reliant. Jennifer Senior (2014) highlights that children’s happiness is an important requirement for successful parenting.
In this regard, authoritative parenting factors in a child’s necessity for happiness and emphasizes strictness. A majority of psychologists and parenting experts encourage at least one authoritative parent in a family (Osorio & González-Cámara, 2016). As such, children are likely to acquire better problem-solving skills as well as improved emotional health from this style of parenting. Particularly, this approach is effective as it encompasses all elements of good and effective parenting.
Osorio, A., & González-Cámara, M. (2016). Testing the alleged superiority of the indulgent parenting style among Spanish adolescents. Psicothema, 28(4), 414-420.
Senior, J. (2014). For parents, happiness is a very high bar [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_senior_for_parents_happiness_is_a_very_high_bar/transcript#t-146886