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Parenting Style

Parenting Style - Parenting Style Parenting style is the...

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Parenting Style Parenting style is the result of many different factors in the parent-child relationship such as temperament of parent and child, circumstances, etc. The goal of this paper is to address the connection between parenting style and the amount of autonomy the child assumes through their development of reasoning ability. Reasoning is the advantage that humans have over other species; it is our means of survival by avoiding dangerous situations. The child gains autonomy as the result of gaining the ability to reason. Therefore, when the child has gained enough knowledge to be able to reason at the utmost level, they reach the autonomy of adulthood. The child evolves from minimum autonomy and reasoning in young childhood to much higher levels in young adulthood . Parenting style evolves from a very controlling standpoint when the child is young, to a less involved, controlling presence as the child reaches adolescence and young adulthood. While the parent may assume a more controlling parenting style when the child is mostly dependent, the parent may relinquish that control as the child learns to function more independently. From the time a child is born until it reaches school age, the child is highly dependent on their parents mentally as well as physically. The first several years of the child's life are highly crucial in dependence because the child lacks the ability to reason. Because the child has very little autonomy from their parents, the parenting style greatly affects how the child develops. My belief is that when the child has such little autonomy, the parenting style assumes a more authoritarian position. Following Piaget's stages, young children do not use reasoning, as much as physical gratification as their motivation.
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