Several archetypes of parents exist in American society. A few of them are the strict parent, the permissive parent, and the parent who tries to be the child's friend. How does parenting style affect a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development? I am especially interested in comparing the parenting styles of parents who are atheists and those who are strongly religious.
In your question you implied that you were interested in comparing religious versus atheistic parents. I can do this, but please keep in mind that people who are religious as well as those who are not religious have other factors which affect their parenting style. These other factors can be age, economic status, culture, sexual orientation and family background, just to name a few. We need to remember that parents are a combination of all of these factors and we must be careful not to stereotype based on our perceived parental style.
Based on your question, we need to make some assumptions, so I am going to create two sets of fictional parents and compare the effects of their parenting styles. First we have the Robinsons. They are an upper-middle class, African American family. The father is a 40-year-old physician and the mother is a 35-year-old woman who stays home with her seven-year-old son. The family regularly attends the local ...
This answer compares the parenting styles of religious parents and parents who are non-religious. The answer reminds us that it is important to remember that parenting styles are effected by many factors which go beyond religious belief. These factors affect the child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.