Researchers at Alberta University in the US and Concordia University in Canada have carried out the study and concluded that parents' child-rearing styles are linked to their young children's behaviour.
Don't be too strict or too lenient with your child as it may cause negative types of behaviour in kids; have a more even-handed approach -- it's more likely to result in positive conduct, suggest the researchers.
"Being more authoritative is a positive style. You have structure, but you also have limits for kids so they know what to expect. It's very clear in its communication, but at the same time has expectations and doesn't let everything go.
"Toddlers are starting to test their environment. It's hard for them to communicate exactly what they want. And so it really tests the limits of what parents can do and their own abilities," lead researcher Christina Rinaldi said.
Participants in the study were asked to identify their parental style and that of their partner, and to identify and measure their children's behaviour. (MORE)