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At some point, all of us are very curious to know what kind of a parent we are? And what are the types of parents/parenting. So today we are here briefing you about The 4 types of parenting! Do let us know in the comments under which category you fall! Without wasting any time let us start!

Since children do not come with manuals, parents often struggle to determine how to raise mentally strong, well-rounded, and successful kids. Some parents are strict, while others are lenient. Some are eagled-eyed, while others are distant.If the question ″What type of parent do I want to be?” has ever crossed your mind, it helps to understand the basics of "different parenting styles".

The 4 types of Parenting!

  • Permissive
  • Neglectful 
  • Authoritative
  • Authoritarian 

So, Let’s understand each one thoroughly!

1-Permissive :- 

The permissive parenting style is characterized by a high level of nurturance and low levels of maturity demands from children, low levels of control, and low levels of communication between parent and child. Parents who exhibit permissive parenting are highly involved with their children, but place few demands or controls on them. These parents do little to train their children to be more independent.

Moreover, Children of permissive parents are allowed to do what they want with little input from the parents. Often, permissive parents allow their children to make their own decisions at an age when they are not yet ready to do so.


  • High responsiveness, low demandingness
  • Communicates openly and usually lets their kids decide for themselves, rather than giving direction
  • Rules and expectations are either not set or rarely enforced
  • Typically goes through great lengths to keep their kids happy, sometimes at their own expense
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2- Neglectful Parent

Uninvolved parenting, sometimes referred to as neglectful parenting, is a style characterized by a lack of responsiveness to a child’s needs. Uninvolved parents make few to “no demands” of their children and they are often indifferent, dismissive, or even completely neglectful.

These children receive little guidance, discipline, and nurturing from their parents. And oftentimes kids are left to raise themselves and make decisions — big and small — on their own.

Characteristics :-

  • No set rules or expectations for behavior.
  • Lack of interest in child’s activities.
  •  Focus on your own problems and desires
  • Often struggles with their own self-esteem issues and have a hard time forming close relationships.

3-The Authoritative Parent

Authoritative parenting is a parenting style characterized by high responsiveness and high demands. Authoritative parents are responsive to the child’s emotional needs while having high standards. They set limits and are very consistent in enforcing boundaries.

Why is authoritative parenting the most effective?
Kids raised by authoritative parents are more likely to become independent, self-reliant, socially accepted, academically successful, and well-behaved. They are less likely to report depression and anxiety, and less likely to engage in antisocial behavior like delinquency and drug use.


  • Warm, attuned, and nurturing.
  • Listen to the children.
  • Allow autonomy and encourage independence.
  • Reason with children instead of demanding blind obedience.
  • Set clear limits on behavior.
  • Consistently enforce boundaries.
  • Use positive discipline instead of punitive, forceful measures.
  • Earn, not demand, children’s respect.

4-Authoritarian Parent

Authoritarian parenting is an extremely strict parenting style. It places high expectations on children with little responsiveness. As an authoritarian parent, you focus more on obedience, discipline, control rather than nurturing your child. Mistakes tend to be punished harshly and when feedback does occur, it’s often negative. 

Yelling and punishment are also common. Authoritarian parents punish children for failures while ignoring their achievements. They expect the child not to make mistakes and to obey them. However, the children they raise are typically good at following rules.


  • High demandingness, low responsiveness
  • Enforces strict rules with little consideration of their kid’s feelings or social-emotional and behavioral needs
  • Often says “because I said so” when their kid questions the reasons behind a rule or consequence
  • Communication is mostly one-way — from parent to child

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