If parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can have, then why isn't there a user's manual? Well, in fact, there are thousands. For decades, clinical psychologists, researchers, pediatricians, and developmental experts have been authoring books purporting to offer the definitive guide to parenting. But, just like every family is different and has unique needs, each child-raising philosophy has benefits and challenges that make it ideal for one parent and a nonstarter for another.
And although parents by no means need to adopt a specific style verbatim, in order to figure out how you plan to raise your children, it's helpful to understand their nuances. We've accounted for the hundreds of parenting styles and culled them down to the nine most ubiquitous. For better or worse, these are the most commonly referenced ones out there today. From classic methods to buzzy alternatives, read on so that you can better understand what each one offers — and which one suits your personality and goals best.