Decent parenting emphasizes the use of various styles that involve permissive parenting in which parents are expected to be friendly and responsive. In this approach, parents overly devote their time to their children by giving in to their demands. Subsequently, the child is expected to manage their activities without parental guidance, which makes the parent-child relationship close, but unhealthy. Secondly, the uninvolved parenting style has a low response rate. The parent-child relationship, in return, is neither close nor healthy (Mullin, 2005). Minimal parenting can be equated to the uninvolved parenting style, which is not healthy because the child can feel ignored, hence affecting his or her emotions.
Although the authoritarian style is very demanding, it has a low response rate. Parents fail to respond warmly, discourage dialogue, and believe children should follow their strict orders. Hence, their relationship is neither close nor healthy. Finally, the authoritative parenting style is demanding and responsive to the needs of the child. Parents accept individual differences in a child by setting fair expectations and limits. Consequently, the style puts a balance of firmness and nurture; hence, it is best for children in terms of academic success, mental health, and their overall wellbeing.
Emotional needs are seen through the four main areas of love, attention, routine, and freedom. Children need to feel loved and encouraged, even if they make a mistake (Mullin, 2005). Secondly, children need to feel noticed because they need assurance that individuals in their lives are paying attention to them. For instance, parents should listen to them and make eye contact. Another emotional need entails a routine, in which children need to be in a stable and predictable environment. Besides, they need to enjoy a structured setting devoid of chaos. Finally, freedom is another emotional need, which should allow children to make choices and solve their problems and conflicts.
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