what is authoritative parenting

Authoritative parenting is a parenting style characterized by high responsiveness and high demands. Authoritative parents are responsive to the child’s emotional needs while having high standards. They set limits and are very consistent in enforcing boundaries.

After decades of research, child development experts recognize that authoritative parenting is the best parenting style among the four Baumrind parenting styles. This parenting style generally produces the best outcomes in children.

Studies have found that preschoolers raised by authoritative parents:

Tend to be happy and content.
Are independent and self-reliant.
Develop good social skills.
Have good emotional regulation and self-control.
Express warmth and cooperate with peers.
Explore new environment without fear.
Are competent and assertive.