What do you call a mother, father, or parent who is very severe in punishing their children or sets very strict curfews for them?
The adjectives that come to mind are "strict", "stern", and "severe".
On the other hand Google Ngram has taught me the following:
For "father": "stern" is the best choice.
For "mother": "strict" sounds best.
And, for "parent(s)": "strict" again sounds best.
These differences made me doubt whether the adjective "stern" works as well as "strict" when used in the combination with nouns like "mother", "father", and "parent(s)". Please let me know what is the most natural word in everyday and written English for the aforementioned nouns?
Are there any better combinations in English?
In my language there is only one word that is used to describe — as strict/severe — nouns like mother, father, and parent.