2. The Optimal Style

Authoritative parenting is considered by many to be the optimal parenting style. These parents are demanding yet responsive, warm, and considerate of the child's perspective on things. They provide explanations for demands and expected behavior, attempt to reason with the child to elicit compliance, correct undesired behavior, and praise successes. They know where their children are and monitor them but still support autonomy.

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