In many circles, Latino parents are known for being strict disciplinarians who rarely spare the rod (or la chancla). But a new study shows that overly strict parenting can backfire.
The research, published in the Journal of Adolescence, found that parents who are extremely controlling are more likely to raise children who engage in delinquent behaviors because the kids don’t see them as legitimate authority figures.
The study goes on to outline three types of parenting styles: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. Authoritative parents who show discipline and warmth received both respect and results. These parents set clear boundaries, but also allowed their children to explain their concerns and their mistakes. Good parents also admit when they’ve made mistakes themselves.
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