Modes of Parenting: tells how the personality of a child can be directly related to the manner in which he/she is raised

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An essential part in developing a child's character is through the manner in which he is raised. Through my observations and studies in my human, growth, and development course, I have learned of three significant modes of parenting: authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive. Each form of parenting, for the most part, produces different personality traits in their children. Whether a child is outgoing, introvert, or unmanageable may be directly linked to the relationship he has with his parents.

Authoritarian parents are exceedingly controlling and unyielding. Since I am beneath this parental style, for the most part, the characteristics of such parents are especially clear to me. Placing strict laws and limits, these parents set the standards high for their child. They demand unquestionable submission, and they are not open-minded for any expression of disagreement. The majority of the time, the child will be inclined to be more reserved and not relaxed around children his age.

Being accustomed to the fact that voicing his opinion is not acceptable, he is generally lacking in social skills.

Resembling authoritarian parents, authoritative parents set firm and constant restrictions and appear to be stricter then most. However, authoritative parents are more receptive to difference of opinion from their family. When caught in disciplinary circumstances, authoritative parents are willing to explain their outlook on punishments and are open to reason with their children. This training technique advances the child to be more independent, and he will also be willing to work through conflicts with his peers. Therefore, they are apt to be sociable and accepted by most. Having self-confidence, they typically have determination to set and attain higher goals.

On the contrary extreme from authoritarian parents, there are permissive parents. Showing the slightest concern with their child's lives, they view themselves as holding little accountability...