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Parenting Styles

Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the world. As a parent, you are responsible for raising and nurturing another human being, guiding them through life's ups and downs, and helping them become responsible and productive members of society. If you are anything like me, you often question if you are teaching your child the correct skills to become an upstanding citizen of the world.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a friend tell me about a television show that is on ABC that has to do with parenting. I had not given this much thought until he started to talk more about what the show is about. If you are anything like me, you do not enjoy filling your time with reality television. However, I was surprised to find the opportunity to learn something new when I gave it a try. The show’s purpose was not to make average people look incapable of raising a family, but rather to highlight the strengths of various parenting styles.

The 12 families represented in the show range in styles of parenting and have children at different ages and stages of development. Each week there are four families that are highlighted. As their styles are discussed the family participates in what they call a “challenge”. The family is put through various situations to work through in order to highlight how their specific parenting style plays a role in the behavior and outcome of their family unit. Here are the following parenting styles that are highlighted and some of the characteristics within each style:


  • Specific rules

  • Strong consequences that match behavior

  • Worldly exposure

  • Direct/honest conversations


  • Strong connections to country of origin

  • Decisions based on value system

  • Strong sense of community and tradition


  • Goal focused

  • Education and high achievement are an expectation

  • Negative reinforcement is used

  • Child is taught that perfection is attainable


  • Child has a voice and input into family decisions

  • All people matter in the family system

  • Encourages that child already has the ability


  • The pace of the family is set at the will of the child

  • Eases into new and unfamiliar things

  • Quality time is spent as a whole family unit

  • Everyone contributes to running the home


  • Reliable structure

  • Point system used for positive behavior

  • Gives home a sense of stability and predictability


  • Strong sense of protection by parental figures

  • Children are sheltered from the reality of the world

  • Identity is found within the family unit versus outside influences

New Age

  • Empowers the child

  • Danger is not seen as a deterrent

  • Lets the child experiment and do most things without parents intervening

  • Flexible

High Achievement

  • Future thinking, things that are good for them in life versus just right now

  • It is not always about what they want to do

  • Child learns their true potential and capabilities

  • Push past the limits they create themselves


  • Uses reason and logic with child

  • Child has a say in his own decisions and choices

  • Gives objects and privileges as motivators

Free Range

  • Flexible

  • Lives in the moment and takes each day as an opportunity

  • Exploratory

  • Gives the option that failure is okay


  • Holds intense boundaries

  • Creates strength and belief system within family unit

  • Uses Bible as a guide for discipline and consequences

  • Demands respect

  • Strong values system

  • Clear boundaries

While I may not agree with all the specifics of each style, I am able to draw out strengths from all of them. This list is a great tool to use while evaluating your own parenting style. Learning about each of these styles prompted me to ask some questions about what I believe makes a healthy family unit. I could understand the benefits and how each style could help shape an emotionally whole child who can maintain healthy relationships and navigate today’s world. I then began to think about some helpful ways for families to look at their own parenting styles and ways that they could strengthen some of their approaches. Here are some questions that might be helpful in refining your own style:

1. Do I prioritize my child's needs and wants above my own?

As a parent, it's essential to put your child's needs first. This means making sure they have food, shelter, clothing, and a safe and loving environment to grow up in. It also means prioritizing their wants and desires, within reason, to make sure they feel loved and supported. However, it is also important to show them how to handle disappointment when they are told no. You are your child’s first teacher and you want to be able to coach them through these emotions as it will be something they are sure to encounter the rest of their life.

2. Do I set clear boundaries and consequences for misbehavior?

Children need structure and boundaries to feel safe and secure. It's essential to set clear rules and expectations for behavior and to have consequences in place for misbehavior. This can help your child understand what is expected of them and help them learn to take responsibility for their actions.

3. Do I listen to my child's thoughts and feelings?

Children need to feel heard and understood. It's essential to take the time to listen to your child's thoughts and experiences and to help them manage their feelings. This can help build a strong relationship with your child and promote healthy emotional development.

4. Do I provide opportunities for my child to learn and grow?

Children need opportunities to learn and explore the world around them. It's essential to provide them with age-appropriate activities and experiences that help them develop their skills and interests. This can help promote a love of learning and a sense of independence and self-esteem. They also need to learn the experience of losing. If they are made to believe that they will win at everything they do, this will hinder relationships for them in the future.

5. Do I model positive behavior and attitudes?

Children learn by example, so it's essential to model positive behavior and attitudes. This means being kind, respectful, and patient with your child and others. It also means demonstrating healthy habits, such as exercise, good nutrition, and healthy outlets and coping skills for big feelings. By asking yourself these questions and honestly evaluating your answers, you can get a better understanding of your own parenting style and identify those areas of possible growth. I often have to remind myself that the parenting process is a constantly evolving journey that does not always have a clear-cut answer. If your goal is to build a strong and healthy relationship with your child, there is a high probability that you are shaping them to make the world better than it was the day before.


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