initially postulated by American developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind, a lax method of parenting wherein the mother, father or caregiver behaves toward the child in a non-punishing, approving, and affirmative way. A permissive mother or father will tend to make minimal demands, abstain from enforcing any management of the child, and stimulates their kids to oversee their own actions. Rules are explained, and the kids engage in decision-making.

PERMISSIVE PARENTING: "She clearly picked up on her mother's permissive parenting tactics."