Why Are Parenting Styles Important?

September 24, 2023

Parenting styles consist of a number of elements combined to create an emotional environment through which parents express their childrearing behaviors. A parent's parenting style is a reflection of how they approach discipline and parenting duties, in addition to how they strive to develop their children.

Types Of Parenting Styles

It is important to know that your parenting style influences everything about your child, including their weight and self-esteem, since how you interact with your child as well as how you discipline them will have an effect on them for the rest of their lives. The most important thing is to ensure that your approach to parenting promotes balanced growth and development in your children.

In general, there are four different parenting styles:

  1.     Authoritarian
  2.     Authoritative
  3.     Permissive
  4.     Uninvolved

The different approaches to child-rearing have varied characteristics that can be distinguished from one another.

Importance Of Parenting Styles For Kids

Children's behaviors are heavily influenced by their parents, and these influences have long attracted developmental psychologists' attention. However, analyzing actual cause-and-effect relationships between parents' behaviors and children's future behavior presents significant challenges.

Children who are raised under contrasting circumstances can develop strikingly similar personalities when they grow up. In contrast, children who grow up in the same home and community will grow up with very different personalities.

Despite these barriers, scholars have proposed a correlation between parenting styles and their impact on children. According to researchers, these results persist into adulthood. 

  • It is more likely that authoritarian parents are perceived as competent, fair, and just by their children, so they will follow their directions more readily. In addition, because these parents provide both rules as well as examples, the lessons they teach will be more likely to be internalized by the children.
  • It is common for parents parenting patterns to overlap, resulting in a unique mix in every household. It is possible that the mother has an authoritarian approach, whereas the father might be more permissive in nature.
  • In addition, this can lead to a confusing mix of signals. It is necessary for parents to learn how to work together in order to integrate a variety of parenting methods into a coherent parenting strategy.


The experiences of child-rearing in early childhood may have a profound effect in terms of problematic behaviors in adolescents. There is no doubt that the family is a social institution with profound effects on children's development and parenting styles, in addition to the social context in which they grow up.

Moreover, parenting is an environmental factor directly related to the development of a child's personality.

A parent can choose from a variety of discipline strategies to control their children based on their parenting style, which is considered one of the most important parts of parenting.

All the information above will help you create a positive parenting style to complement your child's learning style.

Would you like to know more about what parenting is? Read our blogs to learn. 

Thomas studied Bachelor Studies in Family Life and Child Development. He now spearheads our team of writers and editors and ensures the quality of articles we write here in Mothering21.

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