Summary

Research on parental approaches strongly supports an authoritative approach, which blends a flexible balance of de-mandingness and responsiveness through the child's developmental process. This approach provides the nurture, safety, protection, respect, and responsive limits (Pesso, 1973) that children need to optimize their potential as healthy, confident, and vital members of society. However, parents need to adapt the mixture of demandingness and responsiveness to the idiosyncrasies of the child, culture, and context.

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