Topic 5 Parenting styles

Activity 1: The Three Styles

Family counselors suggest that parenting styles could be divided into the following three categories:

  • Authoritarian: children should obey their parents without questions
  • Democratic: children co-decide with their parents about family life
  • Permissive: parents give their children the freedom to develop in a safe environment with limited rules

There are in practice numerous combinations of these three styles.

Question: What is, in your point of view, the best combination of the three styles?

Activity 2: An American Research

There are many ideas about parenting styles. We propose you have a look at this one. It is a summary of an American research and ideas about a combination of parenting styles. As with typical American research, it gives a lot of clear ideas and concrete suggestions.

Watch this video critically and offer your opinion:

Activity 3: Non-Violent Communication

Non-Violent Communication means you are aware of your own needs, and are empathetic (care about others’ needs and emotions). You communicate respectfully with others so that you can agree on a mutual way to get your needs met. This means that raising your children non-violently cannot be done by authority, control or punishment. Watch this fragment of a training:

What is your opinion on this?

See also this source:

Activity 4: Create a Poster!

Create a poster with your group to present the core pieces of information that you have received from this unit. The poster could focus on either the Three Styles of Parenting or on Non-Violent Communication. You could also share the poster with your peers and teachers at school to present the knowledge you have gained about the topics.

Poster presentations.