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Parental involvement has a long and rich history of being studied. Decades of studies, many of them by Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the optimal parent is one who is involved and responsive, who sets high expectations but respects her child’s autonomy. These “authoritative parents” appear to hit the sweet spot of parental involvement and generally raise children who do better academically, psychologically and socially than children whose parents are either permissive and less involved, or controlling and more involved. Why is this particular parenting style so successful, and what does it tell us about overparenting?

I'm still not sure I understand the difference between authoritative and controlling.

If a parent is "involved and responsive" how can s/he give the child autonomy without a regular system of rewards and punishments?

care a lot about a few rules while not caring about other actions?

Ok, that makes sense.

Only one question: Which rules are worth caring about?

No Biting is a good one to start with...for all ages

I agree, it's good for cats and dogs as well.

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