Authoritarian, freewheeler or data wonk – what type of parent are you?

Is your kids’ bedtime data-led or boundary-free? Is the naughty step unused or well worn? Our guide decodes modern parenting

Subscribing to this umbrella term for methods that have their beginnings in clinical and developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind’s authoritative style (some boundaries set, but with a very child-centred approach) puts you in one of the 2020s’ most populous tribes. You acknowledge that your child’s brain and emotional regulation are still developing, put yourself in your child’s shoes and think about how you’d feel if, while you were sobbing, someone shouted at you to “just get in the bloody car!”.

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