Signs Of Bad Parenting: Are You One of Them?

It takes a lot to raise a kid. Affection, kindness, compassion, and a lot of patience. But sometimes parents can forget the one thing that is essential to bringing up an emotionally mature child – discipline. And it doesn’t just extend to your child but also to you and your partner as well.

Did your child say a bad word? Do they get angry quickly? Have they started lying to you?


If they’ve picked up these behavioral traits, something has possibly gone wrong. Remember, your child is always watching you. Children, especially in their growing stage, learn and mimic their parents’ behavior. Here are a few signs of bad parenting.

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The Four Common Parenting Styles

Based on Diana Baumrind, a developmental psychologist, Maccoby and Martin, there are four types of parenting styles. These are based on a pattern of interactions and behaviors between parents and their children.

1. Authoritative Parenting

Under this, parents have high expectations for their children, especially in terms of maturity. There are clear rules set. But there is also warmth and more communication between parents and children. Parents are supportive as well and they know the importance of their children being independent.

Children from this parenting style have been found to have a lesser risk for mental illness, better social skills, and are comfortable with themselves. Want your children to be adjustive adults? Adopt authoritative parenting.

2. Authoritarian Parenting

Just as the name suggests, authoritarian parents are controlling, unresponsive, and will not take disobedience at all costs. They are stern and focus a lot on punishment.

The children from authoritarian parenting tend to have low confidence and are timid. They almost feel like they aren’t ready to face an adult life. They have poorer social skills and are at a higher risk of having behavioral problems.

3. Permissive Parenting (Indulgent)

Permissive parenting displays a lot of warmth to their children. But they are extremely lenient and have few or no rules for their children. They feel like they don’t want to disappoint their children.

These children tend to not follow rules as they grow up. They are spontaneous and could be egocentric.

4. Uninvolved Parenting (Neglectful)

Under this, parents tend to be indifferent towards their children. There are no high standards or expectations. Parents aren’t interested to be involved in their children’s lives.

The children from this parenting style have been found to have addiction and behavioral problems.


Children in their developing years are always observing how you talk and react to things. Your personality and responsiveness to them will influence how they turn into adults. Psychologists believe the best parenting style is authoritative parenting.

Parenting is not just another job; it’s a lifelong commitment. And with the hectic schedule of our day to day lives, it’s easy to fall into habitual behavior. Unfortunately, some of those habits are counterproductive. Remember these symptoms, as well as tips for breaking them.