Why Permissive Parenting is more popular in Middle Class than Working Class Families?

Parenting, in a different class, is different because of the social standard, pay scale, and education.

From the working class to the middle class to the upper class, the parenting style changed. The rules and regulations, along with the preference of the kids differ in each style.

Permissive, indulgent parenting is more prevalent in middle-class than working-class families because there are basic differences in the families’ environment and the growth of the children.

Permissive  Parenting: Middle-Class vs. Working Class

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Working Class and the Parenting Style

Working-class families have a low pay scale and limited skills.

As a result, they depend on physical labor more than their other skills.

With the very limited pay range, it gets almost impossible to fulfill the demands of their children.

They only do what they can afford. In conclusion, they make decisions for their children because if the children make their decisions, they will not afford the requirements.

Also, the parents get involved in making rules for their children; otherwise, they cannot raise the children within their compromised salary range.

Education and Pay Scale  

On the other hand, the parents of the working-class don’t have higher degrees. Mostly, they do not own a bachelor’s degree.

This forces them to rely less on education and more on their manual labor. The children of such parents are raised on a low pay scale with almost no education.

Besides, all of their friends are from the same social class. This makes them less interested in education.

They have leisure time to break the rules of society and create a mess. It gets difficult for the parents to control them or make them better humans.

Authority and Punishment

If the parents are not strict, they cannot cope with their children’s flow and their children stuck in the same class as they are.

For changing this situation, their parents are strict and rigid.

They set non-negotiable rules for them and require rigid obedience.

They also punish them more often for now, following the rules.

The power or the authority is in the parents’ hands, so this style is often known as Authoritarian parenting.


On the other end, these parents are usually busy working the whole day to earn their living more than before.

For this business, they cannot take care of their children the way the middle-class or upper-class does. More often, they are unresponsive to the kids.

They do not think that their children can have better ideas or information than them.

For the lack of education, there is no explanatory relationship between the kids and their guardians.


They do not feel like taking permission for the decisions they make. As a result, they cannot make it up for the Permissive parenting style.

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Middle-Class and the Parenting Style

But if you see the other side, the middle-class parents are way different than the ones we have mentioned above.


The middle-class parents are educated, and they want they are interested in making their kids educated.

When parents are permissive, the children get the freedom of equality.


These parents don’t tend to see the children in the sight of parents instead of equality.

When a child is born in a middle-class family, the parents give them the right to study and observe.

Pay Scale

The pay scales of these people are comparatively better than the working class. So, they do not have the difficulty the working class people have to go through.

As they get a monthly-based income (mostly), the parents can plan their own lives without forcing their kids against their will. They give their children priority and freedom.


As the children grow up seeing their parents being careful about them, they take responsibility carefully.

Their careful natures, along with the education they get, make them more accessible to the betterment of both them and their families.

Freedom of Choice

Educated parents value freedom of choice, reasoning, and explanation. They are responsive to their children’s requirements and want to make them better humans first.

They do not bind them with external constraints because they respect their preference.

They say, with education comes awareness. So, they do not force their kids to be in a situation they don’t want.


Also, there is almost no punishment strategy for the kids because here, the most prioritized factor is one’s efficiency and preference.

As the parents respect the decisions of their children, they give the importance of the decision too.

When any decision in the house is taken, they try to involve their children because they think that their educated children are aware enough about the facts they are dealing with.

They give the children permissions for their preference, and it makes the parenting style permissive.

The working-class families require the help of the kids so that they can increase their livelihood.

Permissiveness in Middle-Class and Working-Class Social Standard

However, the middle-class doesn’t depend on the pay scale of their children.

In the working-class families, as the parents are not educated, they tend to be rude and strict to their kids, forcing them to do things, while in the middle-class, the parents afford the kids’ permissions for doing what they think is right.