Parenting Style: Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents have high standards for their kids and firm rules.


I'm Dr. Ari Brown, and I'm going to explain what it means to be an authoritarian parent. In the 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind studied preschoolers and their families, and identified different parenting styles characterized by parents' expectations and responsiveness to their children. Authoritarian parents placed high demands on their children, and believe that parents should have the power in the household. Authoritarian parents tend to use negative forms of discipline. They will take away privileges for poor behavior or resort to physical forms of punishment like spanking. Authoritarian parents often have one-way communications. They are not terribly responsive to a child's feelings or opinions. If a child questions the parent's rules or approach, a parent might respond, "Because I said so." Authoritarian parents have firm rules ad expect those rules to be this way tend to rebel later in life. As a pediatrician, I can tell you that I do not encourage this type of parenting style, nor do I recommend spanking. You are your child's role model, and you want to teach her to use her words, not her hands or her fists when she is frustrated. It is much more effective to teach your child about the logical or natural consequence for inappropriate behavior than to spank her. While it is certainly reasonable to expect your child to behave properly, you also wanna give your child a solid foundation that fosters her independence.

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