People with the ESFP personality type (Entertainers) are some of the most relaxed, fun-loving parents out there. From the first moment they hold their babies, they are taken with the joy and wonder that their children experience in everything around them. Playing with children is a genuine pleasure for ESFPs, and they are constantly devising new and exciting ways to keep their children happy, excited, and engaged.

ESFP (Entertainer) parents

Wild and Free

Exploration and experiences are key philosophies for ESFP parents – when their children ask questions, the answer is, “Let’s find out!” Overbearing structures and tightly scheduled activities aren’t a big part of this personality type’s parenting. They’d much rather take things day by day and break up the crust by letting their children explore something new in their own way, something much appreciated by their children.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any rules – they were young once too! Discipline is far from their strongest suit, but hindsight and maturity have their effects. ESFPs are often keen to prevent their children from suffering the same hurts and setbacks that they themselves experienced. If that means these parents have to crack down from time to time, they will lovingly lay down the law with their kids.

People with the ESFP personality type generally don’t care for consistently respectful consideration of the rules – a point of disharmony when their children need predictability.

One of the greatest strengths of ESFP parents is that they provide plenty of emotional support. While not especially demanding parents, warm affection, practicality, and adaptability give people with the ESFP personality type a very nurturing and encouraging parenting style.

When their children declare themselves future astronauts, ESFPs happily build make-believe spaceships and later use those declarations to help their children focus on their schoolwork and goals. And when the dream switches to archaeology, these parents are right there beside them, chisel in hand – knowing that it all leads to the same wondrous path of discovery.