What is your Parenting Style? Are you a nurturing parent or a controlling parent to your children?
The nurturing parent:
Offers constructive criticism
Safeguards you against threat
Wants the best for you
Cares for you and others
Is your own best friend
Looks after your health
Sees you have friends who care
Has a built-in guide for survival
Warns you of danger
The nurturing inner parent can also be overprotective and smothering.
The controlling parent:
Tells you the do's and don'ts.
Makes sure you do the right things.
Deals only in "acceptable" behavior.
The controlling inner parent can also be hypercritical, demanding, conditional, judgmental, and manipulative.