Students at WRV in the Child Development course are learning about parenting styles in class. Class on Thursday began with students taking a quiz to find out what style of parenting they lean towards. You can take the quiz too. Go to 365tests.com/personality-tests/type-of-parent/. Next we read an article describing the four main parenting styles. The parenting styles are authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and passive. The authoritative parent sets boundaries that are flexible and provides much love and support. The authoritarian parent is strict and rigid, aiming for obedience while providing little affection. The permissive parent is very loving and encouraging, but provides no boundaries or guidance. The passive parent is not involved in their child’s life and may become neglectful. After we defined these parenting styles, students randomly drew one of the parenting styles and found a partner that drew the same one. They then created skits to depict their parenting style for the class. Can you guess the parenting styles?
1. Ethan asked Lexi if he could go on a date. When Lexi said no, Ethan asked why. Lexi told him, “because I said so.” Lexi was an authoritarian parent.
2. Anna came to Yannay needing to talk. Yannay asked her what was going on and gave her her full attention. Yannay was an authoritative parent. 3. Kaelee worked on her iPad and paid no attention to Alison. Kaelee was a passive parent.
4. Kylie pretended to play on her phone and complemented Keelin as Keelin ran around the room drawing and tossing things about. Kylie was a permissive parent. In the end, we talked about what style of parenting each student would like to portray in their own life and the answer was unanimous: authoritative. We also talked about how most parents are not just of one style, but may go between the styles. There are even times when one style may be more appropriate depending on the situation and the child. It was exciting to see the students thinking about how to approach parenting.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner