ENTP Parents

One might think that the blustery and flighty nature of ENTPs would make parenting a particular challenge for them, and in many ways, they’d be right. However, one thing people with the ENTP personality type love more than just about anything is a good challenge, a problem to fix, even if it comes to addressing their own weaknesses. ENTPs take their roles as parents seriously, and they are bound to be affected profoundly by this development in their lives – if anyone is able to take an outside influence, like their children, and use that influence to address their own faults, it is ENTPs.

Be Brave, Have Faith, Go Forward!

From the beginning ENTPs’ distaste for rules and regulations is evident, and they are likely to give their young children the freedom necessary to explore on their own. Independence is one of ENTPs’ greatest needs, and they feel that no person is complete without an independent mind.

ENTP parents
ENTP personalities create relaxed, unorthodox environments for their children, founded on enthusiasm and the joy of discovery through the development of reason, not heavily structured settings designed merely to be safe.

As their children grow and develop, ENTPs encourage them to think independently and voice objections, opinions and alternatives. But unlike Diplomat parents, who encourage their children to express their thoughts in terms of feelings and needs, ENTPs teach their children to approach these options from a position of impartiality and logic, to state what is more effective rather than what would make them feel good. As in other relationships, this quality of emotional inaccessibility is where ENTPs struggle.

As their children grow into adolescence and learn to find a balance in healthy emotional expression, people with the ENTP personality type may find themselves exasperated. While always up for a good debate on just about any subject, ENTPs often need their partners’ help in managing more emotional outbursts and arguments. ENTPs are more able than most, but even they have their limits and rules when it comes to vocal conflict.

There’s a Way to Do It Better – Find It.

Luckily, ENTP personalities recognize what’s at stake: they want their children to grow into smart, independent, honest adults. To convey those values, ENTPs know that they need, like with any other debate, to communicate in terms that are accessible to all sides. If that means learning how to use the tools of emotional expression and appeals, and in so doing becoming more emotionally expressive in real, personal terms as well, so be it.

Sethra53
1 year ago
It's scary. Almost everything here applies to my dad.
Adam
1 year ago
State champ and national qualifying policy debater here. I believe they have pegged me correctly.
Nobbi
1 year ago
This is intensely disturbing, how realistic this is.
Roxanne
2 years ago
Everything described here is me to a T.
Laurie
2 years ago
Having kids really helped me develop my SFJ skills. Someone has to keep track of the little critters and make sure they are picked up on time, etc. Kids have so very many feelings (ugh) but researching ways to teach emotional stability helped me, as well as my kid. Finally, someone has to make the command decisions. I enjoy feeling like I know what to do without researching and surveying options all the time. Honestly, being a parent is like a mini-vacation from being ENTP, sometimes. All thanks to my kiddos!
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