Who's the Boss? 4 Parenting Styles

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What's It Like to Have Authoritarian Parents?

Baumrind criticized this style of parenting, and many others have agreed. They say that children raised by authoritarian parents may develop poor social skills, moodiness, low self-esteem and little self-discipline. Because they follow their parents’ rules without knowing the reasons why, they may struggle setting their own limits later in life. Others say the parenting style has its merits, resulting in children who follow rules and can become excellent students.