Who's the Boss? 4 Parenting Styles

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What's It Like to Have Permissive Parents?

Baumrind and many others have criticized this style as well. Research has shown that it causes children to have poor self-discipline and social skills and to be disobedient, self-involved, demanding and insecure. Supporters of permissive parenting argue that the acceptance and warmth shown by parents allow children to think freely and set standards that work for them, and that strict discipline impairs a child’s reasoning skills.