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ABC’s new reality series “The Parent Test” has parents across the country debating which parenting style is the most effective. The competition-style show is hosted by Ali Wentworth, actress and mother of two, and Adolph Brown, parenting expert and father of eight. It features a dozen families, each representing a different parenting style.

Each family must navigate several challenges, and then the other parents in the competition are tasked with judging their performance. The challenges range from fun (racing go-karts), to sobering (testing the kids’ awareness of “stranger danger”)—but what they all have in common is exposing the strengths and weaknesses of each family’s chosen parenting technique.

While the premise might raise some eyebrows, the conversations sparked within the show and in the wider parenting community have been extremely valuable. From the new age parenting style to the free-range parenting style, many commonly practiced types of parenting styles are represented in the show.

What are the different parenting styles?

Since the 1960s, psychologists have used four types of parenting styles to describe how most parents raise their children. Those four parenting styles—permissive, authoritative, authoritarian, and neglectful—exist on a spectrum of more or less demanding to the parent, and less or more responsive to the child.

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The Four Types of Parenting Styles – American SPCC

Parenting techniques change across generations, however, parenting communities and experts have coined dozens of new terms for different parenting techniques that have become popular over the years. To find out which parenting style most closely matches your own, take our quiz! 

Take the parenting style quiz

To find out your parenting style, simply choose the most relevant answer to you for each question below! 

What’s your stance on sleepovers?

Your kid brings home a bad grade on an important assignment. What do you say?

Your kid just got out of school, and is waiting for you to pick them up when a friend of the family offers them a ride without your permission. What do you think your child would do in this situation?

Your child gets to be in charge of making dinner tonight! How do you think this would go?

How does travel usually go with your children?

Your kid is asked to participate in a challenge where they must jump off the high dive at the pool…but they’re scared of heights! What would you say to encourage them to complete the challenge?

If you and your child had to switch roles for the day and they got to make all the decisions, how do you think they would feel about that?

Mckenna Saady is a staff writer and digital content lead for ParentsTogether. Before working for nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign and United Way, Mckenna spent nearly a decade as a child care provider and Pre-K teacher. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now lives in Philadelphia and writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature in her spare time.