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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.

  • Your question body (no flowery affectionate displays and/or Atticus Finch) differs from your title (lenient) which is it? – Jim Jun 15 '17 at 23:08
  • Sorry... I realized partway through that I had two questions. :) "lenient" is the main thing that I'm wondering about... I don't feel like its the right word for what I'm trying to say. – Elillian Jun 15 '17 at 23:10
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    How about taciturn? – Jim Jun 15 '17 at 23:20
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    There’s laissez-faire – Jim Jun 16 '17 at 1:03
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    @Tom22 - or permissive – Jim Jun 16 '17 at 1:29
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Title alone seems to call for the harshness of Lax.

Body text suggests...

amateur, with-the-band, parent-in-training, student of parenting, modern parent, adopted parent, and my favorite: pit crew

Best Wishes

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