God knew that if children are not taught to respect parents in the home, they will not respect anyone. They will not respect teachers in the school, employers in the workplace, police officers in the community, or judges in the courts. Most importantly, they will not respect God Himself. That is why the Fifth Commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12; also Ephesians 6:2-3).
There are basically four kinds of parenting. (1) Soft Parenting. This kind of parenting has lots of love, but no limits (or boundaries). The parent is passive and lets the child do as he pleases. (2) Slack Parenting. This kind of parenting does not have much love or limits. The parent is neglectful and leaves the child to himself. (3) Strict Parenting. This kind of parenting does not have much love, but lots of limits. The parent is overbearing and rules the child with an iron fist. (4) Sound Parenting. This kind of parenting has lots of love and limits. The parent is balanced in his display of affection and enforcement of discipline. This is the proper kind of parenting.