There is conflicting evidence on the matter; however, many studies have illustrated the importance of the balance between strictness and leniency in parenting. Another question that arises in this issue is how strict a parent is meant to be with his or her child, and when this does cross the borderline and become abusive or damaging to the emotional and social status of the child. However, studies have shown that the emotional status of the parent or his or her personality determines the parenting style he or she is likely to adopt. For example, sensitive individuals may be too strict or overbearing. The paper will assess the importance of parenting and the aims of a good parent. In addition, it will also analyze the question of parenting today and whether or not parents are too strict or not strict enough. A conclusion will be derived based on the evidence found concerning this information.
Relationship between child development and parenting
In order to attain insight on the matter, it is important to illustrate the role that parenting plays in the development of a child. This will nullify the suggestions by some individuals that parenting doesn’t matter and any parenting style is suitable. According to extensive studies that were carried out by Kagan and published in his article The Role of Parenting in Children’s Psychological Behavior, parenting affects children in three main ways (164-167).