Some parents think it’s natural for children to rebel. They accept that children are hard to live with. These parents think the best approach is to stay out of a child’s way. They give in, letting their child do what they want.
Giving in is also called permissive parenting. Permissive parents avoid conflict at all costs. They feel powerless to deal with problems like drug abuse, teen sex and disrespect for authority. They decide that they have no way to keep these things from happening with their children.
Some parents feel guilty. They may work a lot and seldom see their children. They may be divorced, or in a new marriage. They may believe they have to make things up to their children, so they don’t deal with problems.
Giving in like this takes away respect from both parents and child. Children seem unable to control themselves, cooperate, or change. Parents seem helpless and unable to do their job as parents.