Most of the time, moms and dads have totally different styles of parenting (after all, opposites attract, right?) Even though parents may have different ways of doing things, children can actually benefit and learn from being brought up with two different parenting styles.

Most often, mothers are thought of as being nurturing and coddling their children, while fathers are thought of as being more stern and attempting to prepare their children for the “real world.” Of course, this isn’t the case for all families since each is unique in its values, decisions and beliefs.

There are four main types of parenting styles:

  • Authoritative: This style of parenting is a combination of strong authority and involvement. Parents maintain a friendly relationship, but also have high expectations of their children they expect them to meet. They also exercise control over most aspects of their children’s life until they are old enough to make their own decisions.
  • Permissive: This is a more lenient approach, where the parent acts more like a friend than an authoritative figure. There is not much discipline, instead the focus is on letting children make decisions and learn from their own consequences.
  • Neglectful: This is the only type of parenting style that should definitely not be followed. It’s when parents are uninvolved in their children’s lives and fail to fulfill their basic needs.
  • Authoritarian: Slightly different from authoritative, these parents set stricter rules with high expectations of their children. They often use punishment to make sure their kids always obey them.



As a parent, you may fit into one category, or be a mix of some or all of these styles. What’s most important is how you balance the different parenting styles in your household. This can be achieved through communication, support and compromise with your significant other.
We love this cute video that shows how different parenting styles between moms and dads can be!