It’s not the smacking – it’s the overall style of parenting

From the Independent in the UK, more research showing that it’s not the technique – it’s the style and character of parenting that matters. This time – related to alchol abuse.

Parenting style is one of the strongest influences on how much alcohol a child will drink as a teenager and young adult, new research has revealed. Independent think tank Demos found that bad parenting at 16 made children more than eight times more likely to become binge drinkers at that age and twice as likely to drink excessively when they were 34. While bad parenting at 10 doubled the chances of children bingeing on alcohol in their mid-30s. Researchers analysed data from more than 15,000 children born in Britain over the last 40 years as part of the study.

They found the “tough love” style of parenting, which combined warmth and discipline, was the most effective in ensuring against children developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Less effective styles were “authoritarian” parents, who set high standards and employ strict discipline, “laissez faire” parents, who are emotionally engaged but do not set rule or boundaries, and those who are “disengaged” with their children.

Perhaps we should ask Sue Bradford and Barnardos to introduce a bill banning ‘laissez faire’ parenting, but tell the police to exercise discretion on parents who don’t set rules or boundaries, or who disengage with their children 🙂

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3 comments for “It’s not the smacking – it’s the overall style of parenting

  1. ivoni
    31 August 2011 at 2:17 pm

    My question is what about those parents the mother do her best for the daughter and the daughter abuse the Mum and swear to her go to school and naughty there she is only 13years. what we going to do those parents like that they need help aswell.

  2. 31 August 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Did you hear “Bomber” Bradbury on “The Panel” yesterday announce emphatically that children need discipline, but not physical discipline?

  3. Bob
    31 August 2011 at 7:29 pm

    From what i’ve heard of his comments in general, I give them no weight.

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