Parenting style quiz answers
Find out how you approach those tricky parenting moments.

Your style
Add up your As, Bs,& Cs and check your results:

8 or more As: Authoritarian style
Here the parents make all the decisions. Children must obey and “do as I say”. Parents are the head of the house and children must fit in. This approach limits self-expression and offers conditional affirmation often resulting in the teen showing a ‘false self’ to please the parent. Good self-esteem and development of autonomy is delayed.

Mainly Bs: Negotiating parenting style or Authoritative.
This is a firm but fair approach. Children are clear on boundaries and communication channels are always kept open. The child feels important to parents and household decisions. It promotes decision-making skills and allows informed independence. Child learns that there are consequences for his decisions that break rules. Relationships with responsibility become all important.

Mainly Cs: Permissive

Here the parents are unsure of and unclear of boundaries and rules. Structure is not available and the child is given too much power. Parents are often too busy or too caught up in their own lives to really be in touch with what a child needs. Child does things his own way although he lacks the skills and foresight. May grow up with a sense of entitlement or restlessness.

Megan de Beyer has a Masters degree in Psychology. She practised in both Cape Town and Durban and has run many successful parenting workshops at high schools.

How would you describe your parenting style?

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