Der Laissez-faire Erziehungsstil

Laissez-faire parenting style: definition and implications

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There are many different parenting styles that are common among the population. One of them is the laissez-faire parenting style. What exactly does that mean? How good is this parenting style? what are the consequences?


The laissez-faire parenting style is one of them social psychology defined parenting style. Laissez-faire comes from French and means something like “let it be done”.

The laissez-faire style of education is characterized by the fact that Parents have a strong passive or neutral role take and yourself refrain from any intervention or “interference”.. According to this educational style, children should develop as independently as possible and without external interference. This means that parents do not set any rules, do not make any or only small demands on the child, do not blame or punish, do not praise and, if at all, offer help or support only if the child explicitly asks for it. Also Values should in this education they are not actively mediated by parents will. Therefore, parents do not expect the child to behave according to age or according to moral or social values. Children become like that in their life and development mostly left alone, parents do not play an active and involved role here in

The child is allowed in this upbringing do whatever he wants, without parents interfering with correction or management. It also means make all decisions independently and alone without parents supporting or actively helping. This applies to the child’s daily life as well as the school career and all other aspects of the child’s life.

Parents do not pursue the goal of offering their child good conditions for his development. she not to intervene in a supportive manner and not actively helping him find and fight for the best possible way of life.

That relationship between parent and child is part of the laissez-faire style of parenting rather indifferent and neutral. Although parents are usually friendly towards their child, their highly passive behavior means that they are not an active and interested part of their child’s life and therefore treat them indifferently, impersonally and neutrally. They are also often given distant.

Laissez-faire parenting style should have an effectthat the child develops without external influences or parental intervention it can develop freely without being pushed in one direction. It should also be his independence and creativity improve her by having to make all decisions independently. He should have one too possible a lot of freedom be enabled. So parents may choose this parenting style because they think they are doing something good for the child. However, the parenting style can consist of iza indifference Parents, missing time or overload result. Even parents who very in need of harmony and conflict aversion they are not capable of conflict, they may be inclined towards this upbringing.

effects and consequences

As mentioned, advocates of laissez-faire parenting see it that way benefits children in it maximum freedom is given and she so that Gain the freedom to develop without outside influences. Self-development, independent personality development, independence and creativity should be positively influenced. However, the laissez-faire style of parenting is used by a large number of people, including in academia, critic considered numerous studies negative consequences recommended for children.

One of the main consequences of a laissez-faire parenting style is that children often no adequate social behavior can evolve. You have trouble dealing with others and with yourself found in company structures. Not having experienced any rules and limits themselves has a negative effect on social interaction with others. You find it difficult to recognize and accept the rules and boundaries of others and other external rules and boundaries to submit and this one too follow.

We go further, children can repeat experiences of frustration in connection with school requirements collect. That too performance pressure they often have nothing to do at school fear of failure can lead.

Social and emotional belonging can also be negatively affected by parenting style. so he can difficulty establishing relationships appears to others, whether in relation to friendship or partnership, because emotional closeness and intimacy in childhood was never built with parents, and so insufficient emotional development he could run. gluing problems may be the result.

It also occurs frequently disorientation with children because parents do not lead the way and do not stand aside as role models or as advisors. Children do not learn what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. The lack of confrontation and discussion with parents can also have a negative effect, because children are like that don’t learn to reflect on your own behavior and thinking. This can lead to children difficulties have with it, one form their own opinions, formulate them and enforce them. The freedom to make all decisions alone is therefore often a big challenge. This disorientation can persist even later in life. He can express himself in, among other things aggression. In the worst case, it can also increase so much that a addiction problem developed.

Also one neglect of a child may be the result of a strong laissez-faire parenting style. This can manifest and manifest emotionally/mentally and physically.


The laissez-faire parenting style is characterized by a passive and neutral role of parents where is this from? interfere as little as possible in the child’s life. No rules or boundaries are set, no moral or social norms are taught, no praise or blame is given, and children are given freedom. Children must decide everything yourself, they organize their daily lives independently and receive support only if they explicitly ask for it. Dealings with each other are often distanced and Parents do not play an active and interested role in children’s lives. Parenting style can do many things negative consequences bring it with you Social behavior problems, attachment problems, disorientation, aggression, fear of failure, experiences of frustration, neglect and addiction problems can achieve In its pure form, laissez-faire parenting style is rarely encountered because of this strong criticism.

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