2 First 3 Classes 2nd Semester

2 First 3 Classes 2nd Semester - March 3, 2008 Strategies...

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March 3, 2008 Strategies  Goals Parenting Styles Parents of young children need to develop certain styles for effective parenting. Strategies that are tied to a particular goal that parents have for their children. Parents should be conscious of their goals, and they should be parenting and teaching in relation to their goals Certain goals include: Nurtured-loved – want children to feel nurtured and loved Behavior Control Pro-social Development – teaching kids how to act in socially appropriate ways Moral Development – learning right from wrong Emotional Development – psychologically developed; feeling nurtured but well-adjusted, too Parents are judged based on their children’s behavior. Two major dimensions of parenting styles: I. Responsiveness – how responsive you are to your kids needs, how much attention you pay to meeting their needs, commitment to understanding and meeting needs; responsive parents seek to reduce their children’s anxieties; key feature to responsiveness is being empathically responsive to child; parenting involves being confronted with an endless number of your children’s needs; persistently, consistently we must make an effort to be responsive so that our children feel they are valued and cared for II. Demandingness – how demanding parents are of their children; discipline and control; regulating/placing limits on behavior Verbal Control – verbal ways of communicating desire for child to comply with expectations Physical Control – parents in some instances do decide to punish/control their kids using physical force Psychological Control – main goal is guilt, shame, fear; stir up negative emotions to produce desired results/behavior Baumrind’s Typology – how demandingness and responsiveness come together to create different overall styles of parenting Authoritarian Low Responsiveness/High Demandingness – authority focused style of parenting; do as I say; listen and obey Permissive - Indulgent High R/Low D – parents who really dread having conflicts with their kids; want them to feel loved, and to be loved by their children; want a good relationship and don’t want to jeopardize that relationship; child allowed to do pretty much whatever s/he wants - Neglectful Low R/low D – child is essentially on his/her own; parents indifferent to kids, could care less about them emotionally, don’t regulate them; form of child abuse
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Authoritative High R/High D – loving, caring, responsive, care about needs and emotions, but also set limits, regulate kids, and willing to punish if children misbehave; take time to listen to children, explain rules and punishments, make clear that they love children, but disapprove of activity; use inductive approach (explain things, make expectations clear, if child doesn’t meet expectations, explain logical, punishment is reasonable and fitting) Parents are pretty evenly distributed among these types; research says that children benefit if they have at least one authoritative parent, better if they have two
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course HDFS 190 taught by Professor Weaver during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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