Children with low self-esteem turn into adults who are held back from achieving their full potential. There are many contributing factors to low self-esteem, but parenting is an important piece of the puzzle. What is the role of parenting styles in promoting positive self-esteem for children? We meta-analyzed 20 articles that compared different parenting styles with children’s self-esteem. The results revealed that some styles have positive effects (authoritative, r = .20 and nurturing r = .31), some styles have negative effects (authoritarian r = -.12 and psychological control r = -.26), and some styles have no effects (permissive r = .06). Our findings suggest that authoritative parenting and nurturance work best in promoting positive self-esteem for children.