Permissive parenting style & how it affects a child’s achievements

Studies have shown that parents and their parenting styles have a huge impact on a child’s life. The different parenting styles have different outcomes on the academic life of the child. 

Permissive parenting style is characterised by a lack of enforcement of rules, a friend-like approach to parenting, leniency, and little interference in the life of the child. Permissive parents rarely put their foot down on rules and prefer to allow the child to work their issues out themselves. 

Children need parental guidance and authority. They also need to be true to themselves and their personality. The balance between helping a child grow to be the best version of themselves and making sure they are properly grounded is what a permissive parent needs to learn. 

In this article, we will look at some positive and negative effects of permissive parenting on a child’s academic performance. 

Getting into trouble at school

Because of the way they were raised, children of permissive parents can get into trouble at school. They may have trouble obeying authorities and always want to be given some slack. They defy rules, they are defiant and push their classmates’ and teachers’ boundaries within the classroom. 

A more relaxed approach to learning

Rather than being forced to take a particular path, children of permissive parents have a say in their future and their course of study. They are also not pressured to succeed at every time and are allowed to make mistakes. This gives them a more relaxed approach to learning. They can try their hands on different study styles to find what fits them. They make good students when they are interested in learning because the desire to learn comes from them, and not parental pressures. 

Academic struggles

When parents are involved in the academics of their children, the children often fare better. This is because there is continuity in learning from school to home. Permissive parents do not enforce any learning at home. It is left up to the child to be self-motivated enough to learn at home. This means homework and assignments may or may not be done at home, and it creates a gap in the child’s learning.

Mentorship and guidance 

Because they are not afraid of authority, children of permissive parents are not shy to ask questions in class or to ask questions others are scared to ask. They can also reach out easily to potential mentors for guidance and help. They will also not hesitate to take a teacher on their offer for further help. 

Lack of discipline

When academics get tough, the thing that keeps a student going is the will and discipline to continue. This is something permissive parents did not teach their children. The kids read when they want to, and stop when they don’t feel like it. Permissive parents do not enforce laws that make a child push themselves beyond their limit.

Truancy and drop-out rate

Lack of discipline to study increases the chances of a student being a truant or dropping out of school, especially when there will be no consequences for that at home. 

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