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Parenting style

Applying information about parenting styles to my own self.

Parenting style means a combination of strategies that are used in raising a child. Diane Baumrind’s work which was published in 1960s created one commonly-referenced categorization of parenting styles. This paper explores the parenting style that my parent used when raising me and the impact of attachment theory in one’s development.

When I explore the parenting style that my parents used to raise me based on the Diane Baumrind’s description of the three styles of parenting, I think the authoritative parenting best suits the description. There were rules and guidelines that were set for me while growing up. Although they were not written down, my parents often kept reminding me how to behave and what to do and what not to do.

Some of the key elements of authoritative parenting are that the parents are always supportive, open-minded, and non-punitive. Some of the examples of my childhood experiences that portrayed authoritative parenting were as follows; first, my parents were always supportive, they often helped me with my school homework and made sure I finish my homework before I go to bed. Secondly, my parents would always have an open communication on any topic that cropped up and would give me a chance to express my views regarding the topic under discussion. Lastly, my parents would ask me what I inspired to be when I grow up and would always assure their support and encouragement.

Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, particularly long-term relationships, including those between a parent and child and between romantic partners. Growing up I had a secure attachment with my mother then later developed multiple attachments with my father and my immediate relatives. The type of an attachment an infant develops dictates its future. For instance, a study shows that those who are securely attached in childhood tend to have good self-esteem, strong romantic relationships, and the ability to self-disclose to others. As adults, they tend to have healthy, happy, and lasting relationships (Ainsworth, 2017).

References

Ainsworth, M. D. S. (2017). The development of infant-mother attachment. In B. Cardwell & H. Ricciuti (Eds.), Review of child development research (Vol. 3, pp. 1-94) Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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