When you are ready to have children, or when you think you are ready, there are so many things to consider. One of the many things that will need to be discussed and determined will be your parenting style.
There is a great possibility that husband and wife came from different parenting styles. This will mean that they either want to raise their children the way they were raised or avoid raising their children how they were raised, depending on their circumstances.
Before any children are present it is a great idea to make a decision about what you both feel will be an effective parenting style. If you wait until you are parenting and a conflict occurs, it will be detrimental to both the parents and the child.
There are four basic parenting styles to look at. They all range in rules and involvement. You may not necessarily fit perfect into one type, which is ok. Many families use a combination of parenting styles that are different with each child and situation.
The first type is authoritarian parenting. This is a style where there are very high expectations of children and the parents are not sympathetic. There are strict rules that children are expected to obey without questioning. The choices are the parent’s duty and there are no rewards for following the rules. Children are not encouraged to seek any independence or step out on their own. Children are expected to listen, but parents are not.
Next comes authoritative parenting. This style is considered the “happy medium