Text: Ooi Wee Lee (PFS)
Leowanie Leow (PFS)
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Some parents adopt a highly authoritarian, dictatorial style. In this style of parenting, children to follow the rules strictly established by the parents. Parents set strict rules to try to keep order, and they usually do this with no such expression of warmth and affection. Failure to obey such rules usually results in punishment. Authoritarian parents fail to explain the reason behind these rules. If asked to explain, the parent might simply reply, "Because I said so." Children with authoritarian parents usually do not learn to think for themselves and understand why their parents are requiring such behaviors.
Authoritarian parents often like to set high principles and expectations for their children even though at a very young age. Authoritarian parents set these high principles through various rules, concerning discipline as well. By being in control and exerting in command of on their children, these parents set strict standards of conduct rules and to try to keep them in order, they attempt to punish their children for not meeting those standards without explaining why they want their children to do things the way they want it. Authoritarian parents believe in holding their children to a very high level of achievement and status in the future and sometimes unrealistic expectations towards their child.
The advantage is that authoritarian parenting will eventually shape their children to be a obedient and responsible citizens, a disciplined young adult that always gives
their work hard.
One of the disadvantages of authoritarian parenting is that it restricts the child's capability to think liberally. This happens because what a child does is to comply with his parents in every verdict that is obligatory on him, without giving any consideration to his own likes and dislikes. This produces a downbeat behaviour trait in the child like low self value, lack of bravery and lack of self-belief. In condradiction to the advantage, the child may end up being a person with low confidence and self-esteem that will always take order from people as they fail to think for themselves.
Authoritarian parenting has its consequences in the future and not a positive way to bring up a child. Authoritarian parenting eventually breaks the bond between the child and the parent and also creates fury where there should be love between them. The child may have a passive aggressive behaviour during adult age. A child needs to feel loved and valued so that they are brought up in a healthy way and parents need to lean toward in their parenting skills so that they can be a good role model to their child in the future.