What Is Permissive Parenting? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

We've said it before, but we'll say it again: There is not one successful approach to parenting. In fact, you may even want to find a hybrid of styles that work for you and your little one. You've probably already noticed that we've given you the rundown on attachment, authoritative, and even gentle parenting, but now it's time for us to focus on permissive parenting.

Although permissive parenting sometimes gets a bad reputation, there are parts of this style (as well as situations) in which it can be quite effective. According to clinical psychologist Diana Baumrind, permissive parents are "more responsive than they are demanding. They are nontraditional and lenient, do not require mature behavior, allow considerable self-regulation, and avoid confrontation." In this type of parenting, the child does not have a bevy of rules; in fact, parents tend to be pretty hands off and even act like more of a big sister or brother rather than as a traditional mom or dad. While these children usually end up growing up independent, there are also cons like not having enough rules and challenging authority.

Below, let us walk you through permissive parenting—all the pros, cons and even the in-betweens.