What Kind of Parent Are You?

See if you are an authoritarian, permissive, or authoritative type of parent

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What Kind of Parent Are You?

You got: Authoritarian Parenting Style

I got Authoritarian Parenting Style. What Kind of Parent Are You?
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An authoritarian parent 'attempts to control a child's behavior and attitudes, stressing the importance of obedience to authority and discouraging discussion. Parents who use this method tend to rely upon punishment, which is often spanking or other physical measures'.

It is important to note that this style goes against the ideas of the American Academy of Pediatrics that "Discipline is more than merely punishing improper behaviors – it’s teaching proper ones."

You should likely talk to your pediatrician about other ways to discipline your child.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

What Kind of Parent Are You?

You got: Permissive Parenting Style

I got Permissive Parenting Style. What Kind of Parent Are You?
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A permissive parent 'exercises minimal control. Children of permissive parents are allowed to set their own schedules and activities. Permissive parents generally do not demand the same levels of behavior as authoritarian and authoritative parents'.

It is important to note that this style goes against the ideas of the American Academy of Pediatrics that "Discipline is more than merely punishing improper behaviors – it’s teaching proper ones."

You should likely talk to your pediatrician about other ways to discipline your child.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

What Kind of Parent Are You?

You got: Authoritative Parenting Style

I got Authoritative Parenting Style. What Kind of Parent Are You?
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An authoritative parent 'operates on the belief that both the child and the parent have certain rights and that the needs of both are important. The parent is sure that she is in control and doesn't need to assert physical force to keep the child on the right track. Rather, an authoritative parent is more likely to control her child by setting rules and explaining why these rules are important and why they must be followed'.

This style goes is supported by the ideas of the American Academy of Pediatrics that "Discipline is more than merely punishing improper behaviors – it’s teaching proper ones."

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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