"Authoritarian parents consider themselves to be the "boss" of the family and generally insist kids obey without question, according to Robyn Rausch, a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist at Calming Communities.
So, they might respond to a child's questions with phrases like, "because I said so" or "because I am the adult and you are the child," Rausch says.
There's no room for negotiation — instead, they expect children to follow their rules promptly.
Parents who use this approach also set strict rules and rely on punishment to enforce those rules, says Ellie Borden, a registered psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and clinical director at Mind By Design, a private therapy practice."
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