ISTJ parents are likely to be strict, traditional and very devoted. They will do their best to ensure that their children grow up in a stable and clearly structured environment, respectful of the authority and aware of their role and place within the society. ISTJ personalities are likely to enjoy the parenthood as it gives them an excellent opportunity to contribute to the continuity and stability of their family, community and society.
ISTJs may have difficulties meeting their children’s emotional needs as people with this personality type are not naturally sensitive. They will be very loyal and devoted, but recognizing and dealing with emotions is not something that an ISTJ is likely to feel comfortable with. This is where they may have to rely on their partner, especially if their child is quite emotional and sensitive.
ISTJ parents are also likely to have very high standards, as well as be patient and hard-working – naturally, they will expect their children to share these values as well. Such an approach will probably help their children succeed in life, but may also create a distance between them and the ISTJ, especially during the adolescent years.