Permissive Parenting: Harmful Or Harmless?

    A couple and their son and daughter sitting on a beach, the daughter smiling while the mother smiles at herRecent news of Willow Smith getting her tongue pierced has the pop culture buzzing about the appropriateness of particular actions in children, as well as how much authority parents should have in such matters.

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    But the real question behind this issue is, or should be, whether or not more permissive styles of parenting are helpful or harmful to a child’s development.

     What is Permissive Parenting?

    Permissive parenting is sometimes known as indulgent parenting. Parents who exhibit this style make relatively few demands upon their children. Because these parents have low expectations for self-control and maturity, they rarely discipline their children.

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