There are many types of parents out there, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are the clinically recognized types of parents and, of course, all of the labels society has created to define parents. (Think helicopter parent and crunchy moms.) As annoying as they can be, these labels can help you and your co-parent recognize where there is room for improvement and where you're doing well. Knowing the signs you have a permissive parenting partner, for example, might make sense of some of the struggles you've been facing, especially if you identify as another "type" of parent.
According to studies from Vanderbilt University, there are four recognized types of parents — authoritative, neglectful, permissive, and authoritarian — notwithstanding the host of other labels society has already created. According to the university, permissive parenting is one of the "potentially harmful" parenting styles that needs to be identified and balanced out right away
Permissive parents, although typically incredibly loving and big-hearted, are exactly as the name implied: indulgent, oftentimes to a fault. The following signs of permissive parenting can operate on a spectrum — one parent might not be as extreme as the next. But if you can identify your partner with a few of these traits, they're most likely a permissive parent.