Studies show that although friends influence a child, children are more influenced by the family. Therefore, for kids to succeed academically and in other aspects of their lives, they must have a positive relationship with their families. This article explains how your parenting method can influence your child’s academic performance.
How your parenting style can influence your child’s academic performance
There are five main parenting styles. They include authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, uninvolved, and attachment parenting methods. While parenting styles can be the situation- dependent, many parents prominently fall into one of these parenting styles. Let’s examine them below:
1. The authoritarian parenting style may lead to a lack of confidence
Parents with an authoritarian parenting style establish strict rules, and the child is expected to obey without questioning. Authoritarian parents don’t explain the reasons for the laws they give, and when kids ask why they need to do something, parents often respond with a “because I told you so.”
There’s no room for negotiation or explanation with an authoritarian parenting style. Kids are punished harshly when they don’t follow instructions. Parents are less responsive and have high academic expectations and standards for their kids and other aspects of their lives. Due to fear of coming short of their parent’s expectations and being punished, children often have high academic performance but end up unhappy and have low self-esteem.
Children with authoritarian parents may end up in careers they don’t like, they may also struggle with anxiety, and they may not be able to make decisions on their own.
While they may try to be on their best behavior in school, they may also grow rebellious to authorities, resentful, and angry, negatively impacting their academic performance and life.
2. The authoritative parenting style boosts self-esteem
Authoritative parents are firm but also warm and responsive towards their kids. They set boundaries but also allow their kids to make independent choices. They set clear guidelines for their kids, with detailed explanations, so kids know why they are doing what they are told to do.
Authoritative parents are open to feedback. They also respect their children’s objections and opinions and provide support wherever necessary. While they are assertive, they are not dictating. They respect their kids’ boundaries and establish effective disciplinary measures.
This parenting style allows children to develop a growth mindset. They possess high self-esteem that makes them trust their abilities, positively influencing their academic performances. Children with authoritative parents grow up to be happy, successful, and confident in life.
- A permissive parenting style leads to a lack of discipline
Permissive parents are involved in their kids’ lives but have no firm rules. They are indulgent and mostly let their children get what they want and get away with what they do. When they say “No” to their kids, they eventually give in to their demands, perhaps to prevent confrontations or cause a scene.
Parents who fall into this category often have peer-to-peer relationships with their kids. They dismiss children’s negative behavior with statements like “kids will always be kids,” preventing them from establishing strict disciplinary measures.
Children with permissive parents often have challenges obeying school authorities because they believe they can get away with their actions.
They also perform poorly in school because their parents set low standards for them. While these approaches may make kids love their parents at the moment, it leaves harmful strains on their future. They may grow up defiant, carefree, and undisciplined. This behavior may prevent them from taking their studies seriously, causing a negative effect on their academics, career, and relationships.
4. Uninvolved parenting causes neglect
Uninvolved parenting is also considered neglectful parenting. Parents in this category are not active in their kids’ lives. Somehow, they believe the kids will be fine by themselves, so they have little or no interference in their academics and other activities. This could result from work, a conflict between parents, mental health issues, drug addiction, or simply lack of knowledge about parenting.
Children with parents with uninvolved parents often perform poorly academically due to poor supervision and having no one to support and motivate them. They will feel neglected and may exhibit negative behaviors in school to get attention. Finally, children with uninvolved parents may lack self-control and feel inadequate, influencing every aspect of their lives.
5. Attachment parenting may lead to a lack of independence
Attachment parenting is regarded as a subset of authoritarian parenting. It is also believed to stem from the attachment theory, where parents believe that their kids need to be physically close to them.
Attachment parenting helps kids cope with stress and receive timely support when they are in danger or challenge. However, it can also lead to children being entirely dependent on their parents and unable to make independent decisions. This could take a toll on their academic performances as they may not have adequate confidence in their knowledge and abilities.
Get the support required to enhance your child’s academic success
Parenting styles play a vital role in kids’ academic outcomes. It influences kids’ approaches to life, situations, and academics. This is why parents must adopt the best parenting methods for their kids.
While adopting the right parenting approach, you must also introduce specific practices to help your child improve academically. This includes conducting the regular assessment, providing relevant modules and using intelligent foresight to gauge your child’s performance.
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