ESFJ parents are likely to be very warm, affectionate and dedicated. People with this personality type tend to be sensitive yet firm and traditional at the same time. These traits will be reflected in their family environment as well – ESFJs will do their best to support and defend their children, but they will also expect them to respect their authority.
ESFJ personalities put harmony and stability above everything else – not surprisingly, they will always try to ensure that their children feel safe and happy. ESFJs may also be overprotective, defending their children regardless of whether their actions were right or wrong. This trait can cause significant difficulties for the ESFJ later on as children are usually quick to recognize and take advantage of such weaknesses.
Being so sensitive and warm, ESFJs loathe conflicts and do their best to get out of such situations. Consequently, ESFJ parents are likely to use other means to confront and discipline their children, e.g. indirect pressure or manipulation.