Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, LLP
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San Ramon

What kinds of parenting are there?

Parents aren't always on the same page when it comes to deciding on the best way to raise their children. Sometimes, that in itself is enough to lead to divorce. One parent might be more "free range," allowing children to make more mistakes and have fewer rules. The other might be strict, requiring children to follow rules at home, to help with cleaning and to do their best at school.

When two parenting styles collide, there can be a large amount of animosity between parents and between parents and their children. Children who prefer a looser parenting style might lash out at harsher rules, just as those who do better with structure might act out when they're left to their own devices.

There are four main kinds of parenting styles. These include:

  • Disciplinarian
  • Uninvolved
  • Authoritative
  • Permissive

It is important, especially once divorced, that you and your ex-spouse decide on a way to parent your child. It could be a combination of these parenting styles, but you both have to do your best to have the same rules and requirements in your homes. If you don't, it can be confusing and frustrating to children, who may act out as a result.

How can you decide on how to parent together?

Not everyone can, but if you and your ex-spouse can come together and think about what kind of parenting works best for your child, it will help immensely. Decide how authoritative you need to be and if strict rules are benefiting your child. Work together to determine how your children will grow up so that they can become well-rounded individuals.

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