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Mr. and Mrs. McKay believe in the importance of stern discipline; they impose strict rules which they expect their children to obey without question. They penalize misbehavior harshly, frequently with a spanking. Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza instead use milder forms of punishment to enforce their rules. They also have regular family meetings in which their children help them to establish household rules and penalties for breaking them.

What is the name of each of these two approaches to parenting and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Mr. & Mrs. McKay use the authoritarian approach to parenting. In this style of parenting parents largely communicate with their children through commands and directives. When authoritarian parents enforce their rules there is no room for debate. Children raised under this parenting style have no hope of overruling decisions made by parents. Strict discipline is emphasized with moral and behavioral issues being black and white. Parents who use this approach do not spend musch time explaining why certain things need to be done in a certain way. They do not give their children leeway if rules are bent. They use excessive punishment.

Some advantages of using this parenting approach:
It can provide a strict, reliable, disciplined and consistent ...

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The following solution discusses two different parenting approaches to parenting and cites the advantages and disadvantages of each.