This comic strip illustrates an example of how a permissive parent would handle a situation.
Sweetheart, are you ready for bed yet?
No, I want to keep playing
In this comic, the situation is that it is bedtime but the child does not want to go to bed, they want to keep playing with their toys. This comic illustrates how a permissive parent would react in this situation.
Okay, just let me know when you are done playing and then you can go to bed. But only if you want to.
The parent is asking the child if they are ready to go to bed, a permissive parent would ask rather than tell the child what to do because they do not like to have rules.
The child is saying they do not want to go to bed like children usually do and that he wants to keep playing.
The parent is saying that the child can let her know when he is ready for bed and then go to bed if he wants to. Permissive parents do not like strict rules and they talk to their children like adults even if they are not old enough to make a lot of decisions.
Children of Permissive parents are given a lot of choice, but lack the structure, rules, and necessary parent intervention. This child is able to choose when they want to go to bed which may result in a very tired child the next day. They are not given boundaries to behave within and get to make up the rules and choose what they want to happen.
Permissive parents often thrive on being their child's friend, rather than the necessary authority figure the child needs to model appropriate behaviour for the child to be successful in society and other social situations where the child is not able to make all the decisions. They begin to think the 'world revolves around them'.