I'm trying to describe my character as a parent who has a fairly 'hands-off' approach to raising his children. He is a single man who inherited a young boy and girl after the death of a family friend, and whose job prevents him from being too heavily involved in their day-to-day activities. But, he loves them, is always there for them when they need him, and cares very deeply for their moral upbringing. He just doesn't really know what he's doing.
So... What is the word for my character's 'hands-off', make-it-up-as-you-go-along style of parenting?
P.S. This character, if this helps, is very similar in moral code and behavior to Atticus Finch.