Also known as strict parenting, an authoritarian parent demands obedience from their children. In this parenting style, parents are the authority figures. They set the rules, boundaries, and punishments while children are expected to obey without question.
Children must follow the rules set forth by their parents else they may suffer the consequences of their actions. In this parenting style, children may also be given responsibilities to cultivate discipline. While authoritarian parents demand obedience, they do not necessarily ask for extreme academic achievements like tiger parents do.
When a child misbehaves or ignores the rules, an authoritarian parent will immediately correct the child through adequate discipline or punishment. The child is also not allowed to explain their side.
Authoritarian parenting means communication is a one-way street wherein the child must only listen and obey their parents’ demands. They are to be seen but not heard. In order to learn, they must learn to obey first.
Children of authoritarian parents are trained to be highly compliant and disciplined. They understand their actions have consequences. However, they may be more familiar with negative ones rather than positive ones.
As authoritarian parents rarely attend to their children’s emotional needs, these children may fall far behind their peers in terms of social and emotional development. These children can grow up to be either more aggressive and hostile or shy and fearful of their peers.
3. Disciplined parenting style
The parents with a disciplined parenting style are all about using rules and guidelines to make their children behave in the right way. There is an established way of doing things and routines to follow. They give them household chores and tasks that are expected to be done according to a schedule and standard. There may be less freedom and free time for the children to do what they want.
Another key characteristic of a disciplinarian parent is letting their children know about consequences of their actions when they misbehave or don’t follow the rules. The methods used to discipline children may range from physical such as spanking, behavioural such as washing their mouth with soap, or imposing tasks or sanctions such as writing lines or removing playing privileges.
Parents of this style believe they are raising their children ready for the world and their adult lives and that inculcating discipline at an early age helps the child grow up possessing the right values and principles.
Parents with a disciplined parenting style may share some similarities with authoritarian parents, however, disciplinarians respond more to their child’s emotional needs although rules and punishments cannot be negotiated. They also will communicate more frequently with their children rather than simply telling them what to do.
4. Helicopter parenting style