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Authoritative parenting is a form of parenting in which the parent is demanding and responsive.

Authoritative parenting, is an aspect of balanced parenting,[1] is characterized by a child-centered approach that holds high expectations of maturity, compliance to parental rules and directions, while allowing for an open dialogue about those rules and behaviors between the parent and child. "Authoritative parenting encourages children to be independent but still places limits and controls on their actions." [2] "Extensive verbal give-and-take is allowed, and parents are warm and nurturant toward the child."[2] Authoritative parents are not usually as controlling, allowing the child to explore more freely, thus having them make their own decisions based upon their own reasoning.[3]

Authoritative parents set limits and demand maturity, but when punishing a child, the parent will explain his or her motive for their punishment. "Their punishments are measured and consistent in discipline, not harsh or arbitrary. Parents will set clear standards for their children, monitor limits that they set, and also allow children to develop autonomy. They also expect mature, independent, and age-appropriate behavior of children."[2] They are attentive to their children’s needs and concerns, and will typically forgive and teach instead of punishing if a child falls short.[4] This is supposed to result in children having a higher self esteem and independence because of the democratic give-take nature of the authoritative parenting style. This is the most recommended style of parenting by child-rearing experts.


  1. What's Your Parenting Style? Parents. The Anti-Drug. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Retrieved 2009-06-14
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  3. All about the authoritative parenting style. Pagewise. URL accessed on 2007-09-23.
  4. Parent-Child Relationships: Information and Much More from URL accessed on 2007-09-23.

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