Definition: Authoritative parenting is one of the parenting styles that was first described by psychologist Diana Baumrind during the 1960s. Also known as democratic parenting, this style is characterized by parents who are responsive and nurturing, but still hold high expectations for behavior. These parents encourage their children to express themselves and share their opinions. While these parents want their children to develop a sense of independence, they still have limits and consequences.
Baumrind has suggested that children raised by authoritative parents tend to have self-confidence, strong social skills, good emotional regulation and happy dispositions.
What are some more characteristics of this parenting style, what are its effects on children and why do many experts consider this the "best" style of parenting? Learn the answers in this overview of authoritative parenting.
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