Permissive Parenting Style

January 31, 2023

This parenting style is often characterized by low expectations and little discipline. Teens raised with the permissive parenting style are three times more likely to participate in heavy drinking.

Characteristics of permissive parents:

  • Set few rules or standards of behavior
  • Very nurturing and loving toward their children
  • Act more like a friend, rather than a parent
  • Use bribery such as gifts and food to get children to behave

Teens with permissive parents:

  • Lack self-discipline
  • May have poor social skills
  • May be self-involved and demanding
  • May feel insecure due to lack of boundaries and guidance