The care theory puts emphasis on decent parenting which stresses the use of various styles that involve permissive nurturing, where parents are warm and responsive. Such guardians overly devote their time to their children, by giving in to the demands of their children. Subsequently, the child is expected to regulate themselves without guidance, which makes the relationship close, but not healthy. The uninvolved parenting style, which is on low responsiveness, entails parents not caring for their young ones’ needs. As a result, the parent-child relationship is neither close nor healthy (Mullin, 2005). Minimal parenting can be equated to the uninvolved parenting style, where the kid feels ignored, which can affect them. According to care theory, the permissive and minimal parenting styles in the care theory are detrimental to the child, since they do not form concrete relationships.
The authoritarian style is low on responsiveness and is demanding. Parents do not respond warmly, they discourage dialogue, and believe children should follow their strict orders;hence, their relationship is also neither close nor healthy. Finally, the authoritative parenting style is demanding and responsive to the needs of the child. In this model, guardians accept individual differences in a child by setting fair expectations and limits. Consequently, the style puts a balance of firmness and nurture and is best for kids in terms of academic success and mental health, which creates valuable relationships that both parties strive to mainatin based on care theory.
Emotional needs are seen through the four main areas of love, attention, routine, and freedom. Children need to feel loved, which is a concept exhibited by being there for them and through acceptance when they make mistakes (Mullin, 2005). Kids need to be recogized as they need to know that individuals in their lives paying attention to their needs. For instance, such values are demonstrated by listening to them and making eye contact. Hence, love and attention are necessary in developing the child’s confidence which promotes their emotional well being.
Another emotional need is routine, where young ones need to be in environments where there is stability. They need to have a structure as it influences positive relationships with their parents and others. Finally, there needs to be freedom where children need to make choices and solve their problems and conflicts. Consequently, the four main areas enable the child to develop and establish a sense of control in their lives, which is vital for their emotional stability.
Mullin, A. (2005). Reconceiving pregnancy and childcare: ethics, experience, and reproductive labor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.