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What Is the Best Parenting Style?

How we parent our children can affect everything from our kid’s physical health to their relationships. How we parent should support and encourage healthy development and growth, interactions and communication, and discipline and correction. You might not have thought much about your parenting style, but this article will discuss the four main parenting styles and which one is best for raising kind, well-adjusted adults.

In the 1960s, Diana Baumrind, a developmental psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley, first defined the main categories of parenting. In the 1980s, Maccoby and Martin refined her model into four separate parenting styles.

Those four categories are:

  • Authoritarian
  • Permissive
  • Authoritative
  • Uninvolved/neglectful

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