Which Style Fits You?



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Which Style Fits YOU?

Sylvia McCrory April 2020

Lenient Parent (Doormat)

  • Says “yes” to most of child’s requests

  • Frequently allows child to break the rules if child gives a reasonable explanation for needing to break the rules

  • Frequently takes the child’s side of an argument against a teacher or other adult.  

  • Frequently makes excuses for child’s misbehavior and disrespect

  • May delegate a punishment, but frequently modifies the punishment to make it more lenient

  • Tends to buy lots of gifts for child without an occasion

Strict Parent (Dictator)

  • Says “no” to most of child’s requests

  • Sets very strict rules, based on the child’s age, and rarely veers from them

  • Delegates punishment without listening to all sides

  • Tends to withhold affection, thinking this will make the child see them as weak

  • Rarely explains the reasons for rules when asked by the child

Moderate Parent

  • Will say “no” to some of child’s requests and will say “yes” to some

  • Tends to listen to both sides of a problem before making a decision

  • Set boundaries and rules, but will veer from them in specific circumstances

  • Makes sure child knows the boundaries and what is expected of them

  • Isn’t afraid for their child to fewer material possessions

  • Values a good relationship with child over possessions


Click here to learn your parenting style

Psych Central has a great quiz to help you determine your style.
Research Team, P. (2020). Parenting Style Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 15, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/parenting-style-quiz/

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