BP 5

Examining the 4 parenting styles as highlighted in the chapter, name one character from today’s pop culture/society that depicts a specific parenting style and describe/cite 4 identifying characteristics as referenced in the text to support your selection.

The parenting style that I choose is that of my father’s, which I believe to be authoritative. My father shows traits of having an authoritative parenting style because when I was younger, he allowed me to make my own mistakes rather than controlling my actions, strengthening my autonomy. (Broderick p.181) Things like going to parties when I was younger was not an issue as long as I behaved myself. Through socializing, my father engraved in me the norms for behaving in such situations, leaving the decision making to myself while at the same time having the knowledge to act appropriately. (Broderick p.181)

Another aspect of the authoritative parenting style my father possessed is the open communication. (Broderick p. 181) When discussing things that I did wrong during my childhood, my father created a dialogue, explaining why what I did was wrong rather than just administering punishment.

The last trait my father has according to the authoritarian parenting style is his strong behavioral control. (Broderick p.181) When punishments were administered, The were punishments like groundings, taking away privileges(like car), or limiting my access to “fun” things.(Games and such) This is reflective of the authoritative parenting style because my father did not use and psychological control such and becoming neglectful or withholding love.

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