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Authoritative parents are supportive and often in tune with their children’s needs. They guide their kids through open and honest discussions to teach values and reasoning.

Like authoritarian parents, they set limits and enforce standards. But unlike authoritarian parents, they’re much more nurturing.

Some common traits of authoritative parents:

  • Responsive to their child’s emotional needs, while having high standards
  • Communicate frequently and take into consideration their child’s thoughts, feelings and opinions
  • Allow natural consequences to occur, but use those opportunities to help their child reflect and learn
  • Foster independence and reasoning
  • Highly involved in their child’s progress and growth

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