The Advantages of Strict Parents

by Darlene Zagata

Strict parents might have the reputation of being meanies, but strict parenting does have some advantages. Effective parenting involves setting limits and teaching kids to deal with the consequences that result from their actions. Strict parents know this, and they nurture their child's development with firm consistency. Strict parents set high standards for their children and reinforce the importance of meeting those expectations.

Strict authoritative parents might push their children to be successful in academic or other pursuits. They believe their children can do better, and want them to meet their standards. Children of strict parents often do achieve academic success because they learn self-discipline, therefore they study more, pay attention and get better grades. These children are likely to finish high school and go on to college. Children of strict authoritarian parents are typically obedient and generally do well in school, according to BoardingSchoolsInfo.com. Research from the University of Florida indicates that the authoritative parenting style is most associated with academic success.

The strict disciplinarian style of parenting teaches kids that they must cope with the consequences of their behavior. The children learn values and the ability to make healthy decisions. Strict parents push their children to be better, so they develop confidence in themselves and their abilities. They learn to meet challenges and strive to overcome them. Children of strict parents develop confidence through hard work that brings them success, rather than developing an inflated ego from too much praise often associated with permissive parenting.

Because strict parents set boundaries and enforce limits, children learn self-control. These kids are less likely to succumb to peer pressure or engage in risky behavior. Strict parents are consistent with discipline, and children learn at a young age that consequences exist for inappropriate behavior. Because this attitude is instilled in them early in life, they are less likely to display behavior problems. The self-control they learn as children is typically carried into adulthood.

Strict parents tend to raise independent children. These kids learn to think for themselves, compromise and solve their own problems. Strict parents often require their children to get jobs when they are old enough and save their money. They learn the value of money and the importance of earning it at a young age, which can help them be financially successful later in life.

About the Author

Darlene Zagata has been a professional writer since 2001, specializing in health, parenting and pet care. She is the author of two books and a contributing author to several anthologies. Zagata attended the Laurel Business Institute to study in the medical assistant/secretarial program. She earned her associate degree through the U.S. Career Institute.

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