Cupid's Pulse Article: Parenting Trend: Authoritative ParentingCupid's Pulse Article: Parenting Trend: Authoritative Parenting

By Emily Green

The way you raise your child sets the foundation for the rest of his or her life. Authoritative parenting is the most recent parenting trend gaining popularity in 2019. This parenting style means you’re sensitive to your child’s emotional needs but have high standards on how you expect them to behave. It not only allows your child to explore who they are as an individual but teaches them responsibility. Check out these parenting tips to learn some parenting advice about why authoritative parenting is an ideal style of parenting.

Authoritative parenting is a popular parenting trend in 2019. What are some benefits to raising your child this way?

While it is important to give your child some freedom to explore life on their own, it is also important that they follow household ground rules! Here are some key aspects to raising your child with an authoritative form of parenting:

1. Be flexible: Rules are meant to be broken (as some kids, especially teens, will test you with). You can’t always control what happens while you’re raising your child. Take into consideration the situation at hand—step away to calm down if need be—and then decide the best and most appropriate course of action.

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2. Comfort, but don’t coddle: Your child is only human. They’ll make mistakes, break rules, and test your patience because there is no way to get them to listen to you 100% of the time. It’s important to let your child know after they mess up why they made a mistake, but also be there to comfort and to show them what they did isn’t the end of the world because you’ll always be there for them.

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3. Listen: Your child will form their own opinions as they get older. This is the beauty of parenthood–you get to watch a human you created turn into their own person. Be there to listen to your child if they have something to say. It’s important to let them know you care even if they might be wrong.

4. Place limits: Every household has to have rules. Rules are rules for a reason, from cleaning dishes after a meal to no running in the house. It can take a while to strike a solid balance between letting your child be a kid and teaching them responsibility so your rules and boundaries are respected.

5. Consistent Discipline: Your kid will think it’s okay to keep breaking the rules if you don’t practice consistent discipline. For example, it’s important for your child to know if they hit your dog, a time out will follow. Studies show this type of cause and effect method to disciplining your children will help them develop their cognitive skills and the ability to make wise choices.

What are some other aspects of authoritative parenting? Let us know in the comments below!