Authoritative parenting combines parental control and support; it blends discipline and love, demandingness and responsiveness. This parenting style is characterized by judicious use of parental authority, as well as promotion of the child’s autonomy. Authoritative parents are highly and consistently involved in their children’s lives, have clear expectations for child behavior, and assert power when necessary; at the same time, parents are emotionally warm, willing to reason with the child, and receptive to child communication. Authoritative parenting balances setting limits on behavior with promoting child maturation and freedom. Authoritative parenting has been linked to a range of positive behavioral outcomes, and aspects of authoritative parenting are integrated into various parent management training programs. Since the 1960s, authoritative parenting has remained an important topic for ...

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