->'''Trent Lane:''' We don't really have any rules at our house.\\
'''Jane Lane:''' Well, there is that one about not starting fires in rooms that don't have fireplaces.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''

[[NewAgeRetroHippie Former hippies]] and romantics make irresponsible parents. As often as not, the parents may be rarely home: if there are any adult children, they're either similarly absent or in their 20s and insufficiently motivated to leave the house, which is a disaster zone without any discipline or structure to speak of. After all, who needs structure and discipline? It just stunts kids' growth.

With this level of benign neglect, the kids usually somehow turn out all right... or at least self-sufficient, if not a bit cynical. Bonus points if the mother is an artist.

See also AdultsAreUseless, DisappearedDad, MissingMom, [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Dad?]], FreeRangeChildren, MinorLivingAlone, ParentalAbandonment, and ParentalNeglect.

Might be a consequence of a parent who is AllergicToRoutine or DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife. Polar opposite of MeddlingParents, OverprotectiveDad and MyBelovedSmother.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SkipBeat'':
** It's implied that the super-serious Kanae "Moko" Kotonami is the product of such a style of parenting, leaving her as the de facto adult at her home... despite the fact that she has at least two older, married siblings, if only because they are repeating the same hand off style with their respective families.
** A more tragic example would be our heroine, Kyouko, whose mother simply doesn't care enough to be a mother.
* In ''Manga/PenguinRevolution'', Yukari's father is like this, just before the full fledged parental abandonment.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Jiraiya takes this to the point of ParentalAbandonment in regards to his godson Naruto where it was all but said that Jiraiya never even ''met'' the kid for the first twelve years of his life. A good part of Naruto surviving his childhood was due to Iruka, who somehow managed to be Naruto's actual adoptive parent despite only being about ten years older.
* While it is a far cry from neglect, Manga/{{Yotsuba}} spends a lot of time unsupervised, considering that she's only five. Can be justified due to different culture values. Japanese children are allowed to go around unsupervised more commonly, usually when walking to school or taking the subway.
* Yukino's parents in ''Manga/HohzukiIsland'' seemed to ignore her completely as a teenager, and barely acknowledged her walking around naked and declaring she's going to town [[spoiler: however that tiny acknowledgment is enough to show Yukino that her parents do care, and their relationship eventually improves - well, they still talk to each other anyway]]. Since they're shown in person (and thus not too busy with work) relaxing at home (with coffee, not drugs), it's probable that they're just leaving their daughter alone like they wanted their parents to when they were teens. Yukino's friend has [[AbusiveParents the opposite problem]] and is eventually ''jailed'' for being a neglectful mother.
* Manga/{{Noein}}: Haruka's parents are divorced and she lives with her mom, who's like this. She isn't spacy or detatched or self-involved, though, she's just really lazy, especially by stereotypical anime mom standards, and sleeps all the time.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': Miharu's grandmother is surprisingly okay with him running around in the ninja world and [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow missing weeks of school]] at a time.
--> '''Miharu's Grandmother''': He's injured every time he comes back...At first I was even considering whether I ought to have a talk with the police! Ha ha ha!\\
'''Yukimi''': Ha ha ha...
* Federico de Vandimion, Farnese's father in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. He basically let servants raise Farnese since he was afraid of her erratic behavior as a young girl, which definitely explains a lot. He only seems to care about his children as political pawns. Farnese's mother was absent for most of her childhood, as well.
* Masaomi Kida's parents in ''{{Anime/Durarara}}'' apparently take this view and seem entirely unconcerned about their son going out late at night, dropping out of high school (and before that [[spoiler:becoming a gang leader]]) to the point that his friend Mikado pulls a LampshadeHanging on it. Ironically of his three friends Masaomi is the only one whose parents are actually around, as Mikado's parents rent an apartment for him closer to his school and Anri's are dead, but you'd never know it by how he acts.

* ComicBook/SpiderMan: During the first years, Spider-Man was a classic example. Peter Parker was a teenager living with his Aunt May, he had super-power, a secret identity, a Spider-Man costume, works in the newspaper taking photos of Spider-Man, stayed out of home at any hour or during any time needed, get back home hurt... and May never suspected anything. Subverted in the ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' comic book, where May actually enforced some discipline (up to the point when she knew what was going on and Gwen Stacy, Iceman and the Human Torch moved to live with them; then it became an even greater "Lane house" than the original Spider-Man)
* ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'': Carrie Kelly's parents are so hands-off that they're depicted as having trouble remembering she exists at all when she's not there. (Which is convenient for Creator/FrankMiller, since it allows him to completely bypass the question of how she's going to explain to them about her new career path.) It may have something to do with the way they're always surrounded by a haze of what is probably not tobacco smoke. There's also a reference to 'needles', suggesting that their presence in this trope may also be down to harder stuff...
* This is what ComicBook/GreenArrow amounted to when he took in Roy Harper. While they spent plenty of time fighting bad guys together, out of costume Ollie barely had much of a presence around Roy and was somewhat oblivious to what was going on in Roy's life, including the crippling sense of abandonment and loneliness building up inside him that led to his heroin addiction.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'':
** After the death of the Pride, Karolina ended up in a foster home run by stoners.
** Poor Klara suffered an extreme case of this - her highly-religious parents didn't want a daughter who could command plant life, and thus married her off at age ''eleven'' to a god-fearing alcoholic who vowed to bring her under control. Said alcoholic ended up physically and sexually abusing her and sending her off to work in unsafe factories to earn booze money for him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* While [[ManipulativeBitch Granny Hina]] insists that she's helping the tenants at the Hinata Inn, much of ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'' revolves around [[DeconstructionFic showing the consequences]] of her inaction. Rather than addressing their various neuroses, she gives them a place to stay where they don't have to deal with the consequences of their actions. When others don't show them the same leniency, she teaches them to [[NeverMyFault blame everyone but themselves]], and complains incessently when ''she'' has to deal with the fallout as well. She doesn't appreciate [[CallingTheOldManOut having this pointed out]], or getting taken to task for [[spoiler:pawning her duties off on Haruka instead and continuing her World Tour]].

* In ''Film/LetMeIn'', Owen's mother is clearly completely detached from his life due her own alcoholism and despondency over her failed marriage. She is completely unaware that Owen is being physically and emotionally tortured by bullies every day at school and is developing psychological quirks at home due to his sheer loneliness. She thinks everything is just fine and dandy with him. Owen's father, meanwhile, hasn't even seen him for an undetermined amount of time and is also oblivious to his plight. It's an ironic point that Abby, a {{vampire}}, shows more genuine concern for Owen's well-being than either of his parents. It makes [[spoiler: Owen's decision to leave with Abby at the end of the film completely understandable.]]
* Both the father and stepmother in ''Film/{{Juno}}'' appear to be this, but they come through when it really matters.
* Olive Penderghast's parents in ''Film/EasyA'' are basically [[ManChild teenagers in adults' bodies]] but, again, they are extremely supportive when Olive really needs them.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', this pretty much sums up Hercules Hansen's parenting-style. After his wife's death in Sydney and the rapid rise of the {{Kaiju}}, Herc spent all of his time working for the [[CreatureHunterOrganization PPDC]] or fighting in a [[HumongousMecha Jaeger]], leaving his young son to all but raise himself. And it has come back to bite him in the ass. ''Big time''. When Herc claims that he doesn't know who Chuck is anymore, his son says that Herc ''never'' knew who he was in the first place since Herc never spent any time with him.
--> '''Chuck''': After Mum died, I spent more time with these machines than I ever did with you. Now, the only reason you and I speak, old man, is because we're Drift-compatible.
* ''Film/TheRageInPlacidLake'': Placid's parents.
* In the live-action ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' movie, Ben's parents were like this to cartoonish extremes.
** They started out like this in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Ben 10: Alien Force]], but then became significantly stricter.
* Sonny Koufax of ''Film/BigDaddy'' initially believes in this thanks to a FreudianExcuse: ''his'' father was strict with him and constantly berated him for being lazy, so Sonny is at first determined that Julian, his adopted son, will not grow up to be angry and bitter like he is. He lets Julian eat packets of ketchup in public, trip rollerbladers by throwing sticks in front of them, wear his underwear on the outside of his clothes, kill pigeons with a slingshot, and avoid bathing. The last one eventually convinces Sonny to change his tune when Julian's kindergarten teacher points out that he's the smelliest kid in the class.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Dr. Henry Jones Sr. tells his son that he deliberately adopted this parenting style in reaction against his own strict upbringing and is astonished when Henry Jr. (aka [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana Jones]]) makes it clear he did NOT appreciate it.
* In the 1992 ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' movie, Buffy's parents are rarely home, take little notice of and have even less concern about what's going on in Buffy's life, and don't seem in any way worried when she starts staying out until late at night.
-->'''Buffy's mother:''' [leaving the house] Bye-bye, Bobby!
-->'''Jeffrey, Buffy's boyfriend:''' She thinks my name is Bobby?
-->'''Buffy:''' It's possible she thinks ''my'' name is Bobby.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Rose tries to come off as this trope, but the truth is she simply has no control over her daughter.
* ''Film/MyLifeAsADog'': Uncle Gunnar was not expecting to have to raise children after Ingemar's parents were gone and he's extremely uncomfortable so he tends to keep his distance throughout much of the film only warming up to the boy near the end.
* In ''Film/TheBlindSide'', Michael's mother Denise is extremely neglectful of all her children due to her drug addiction, yet Michael remains very devoted to her, escaping from his foster families to find her and take care of her.

* ''Literature/PointCounterPoint'' features Elinor's mother, Mrs Bidlake, who has retreated so far into her ideal world of art and fantasy that she refuses to acknowledge 95% or what goes on around her. She only got involved in Elinor's upbringing when there was a possibility of her artistic taste being affected.[[labelnote:Note:]] Ironically, her insistence that Elinor only see the best that culture had to offer made Elinor cynical about all high culture.[[/labelnote]]
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': An early example is Eustace Scrubb's parents.
* ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'', by Creator/RobertAHeinlein: A plot-centric example is Professor and Dr. Fries.
* The parents in ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons'' are also rather like this. They have no problem with the idea of sending their seven-to-twelve-year-old children off in small sailboats to camp on islands for days at a time. This, to an extent, is also ValuesDissonance.
* In ''Literature/TheEgyptGame'', Toby Alvillar has an artist father like this and a MissingMom. This is also heavily implied to be the kind of parenting April got from her self-involved actress/singer mother before said mother went so far as to turn herself into a MissingMom.
* Roger and Arabella Yount in ''Literature/{{Capital}}'', who find it a struggle cutting down from two nannies to one.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' seems to imply that Bella's mother is like this, which explains why Bella is so [[InformedAbility mature]].
%% * ''Literature/WolvesOfMercyFallsSeries'' has Grace's parents, who have been mostly ignoring her for her teenage years.
* Averted in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' books, where Grantville's resident (former) hippie Tom Stone is repeatedly presented as having always been an active, engaged, protective parent to his three sons -- who may not, in the biological sense, even ''be'' his, but they were born at his commune and he took responsibility for them.
* Although her parents have grown more aware by the second novel, Ananka of ''Literature/KikiStrike'' can do almost anything and her parents hardly notice.
* In ''Literature/TheSlap'', Rosie's hands-off approach to raising Hugo has made him into a vicious little brat even by the standards of four-year-olds. The titular Slap was triggered by Hugo attacking another child with a cricket bat while his parents did nothing, and that child's father stepping in to "reprimand" him.
* Important to TheReveal of Laura Kasischke's ''Mind of Winter.'' Holly and Eric adopted Tatiana from a Siberian orphanage. Both parents pride themselves on how much freedom they give their daughter. However, that freedom also includes freedom from doctors, dentists, and vaccinations. [[spoiler:As a result, nobody ever diagnoses Tatiana's serious heart defect, even though both a nurse at the orphanage and a next-door neighbor warn Holly that something is wrong.]]
* In ''[[Literature/TheOldKingdom Sabriel]]'', Abhorsen loves his daughter Sabriel dearly, but due to the nature of his job hunting down the Dead, he's had to send her to grow up in Ancelstierre, so that she sees him only a few times a year (when she started having her period, she had to summon up the ghost of her dead mother to give her TheTalk, because Abhorsen wasn't available.) After he goes missing, necessitating her travelling into the Old Kingdom and taking over his job, she frequently resents how his absence from her life has left her naive of things that she really should have known.
* [=MudWings=] in ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' don't raise their dragonets. They mate in groups, so [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe almost no dragons know who sired their kids]], and then they leave their eggs alone. The first hatchling has a natural BigBrotherInstinct. The siblings work together as a SiblingTeam with their "[=BigWing=]" sibling as their leader. Clay, who was raised in a cave until he was almost an adult, is very disappointed. He always dreamed of coming back to a family who missed him. While, it turns out that Clay is a [=BigWing=] himself, he had hoped to find his parents. When he meets his mother, she barely takes note of him. Clay is horrified to learn that Cattail [[spoiler:sold his egg for a couple of cattle, which they ended up just eating instead of breeding]]. By her logic, [[spoiler:he wasn't needed since she had six backup eggs anyway]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Joy Lass of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' survived a mother like this and grew to resent her for not being there.
** Her burning desire to ''not'' be this sort of parent has led to a daughter who resents her and another who is unresponsive and turned inside herself (especially after her sister's death.) Joy, for her part, doesn't seem to understand why her daughters don't see that she's so much of a better parent than their grandmother that the only logical response is enduring praise and unending gratefulness.
** For example, when Reggie starts wearing all black and hanging around with "witches" her age who want to cast spells and summon the dead, Joy is glad that Reggie is coming out of her shell and making new friends. She even bakes cookies for their little coven. Reggie is mortified.
* Practiced by Gabrielle in ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', to the point where other parents judge her and after a little girl gets injured at Gaby's house, the girl's mother refuses to let her daughter come to little Juanita's birthday party.
* Dharma's parents in ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''.
** Dharma actually has a rather interesting neurosis regarding this. Since her parents never married, she always had the fear that they'd split up and go their separate ways. So when Abby and Larry decide to get married, she is really into it, but when her dad basically backs out to "play the field", Dharma has a meltdown confessing her fear. By episodes end they do get married, but Larry has an (if I really want to, I can still play the field) clause thrown in... even though only Abby will put up with him by this point.
** In another episode, Dharma finds out that her parents are planning to have another baby, and she begins to wax nostalgic about her own childhood, and such beloved toys as "shoeboat". Then she finds out they plan to raise baby more conventionally than they did Dharma, and she suddenly realizes how many of her beloved memories were probably motivated just as much by the benefit of not having to spend any money on her as they were her parents' "let the butterfly go free" parenting strategy (shoeboat, as the name might suggest, is in fact an ordinary shoe which Dharma was encouraged to think of as a boat at bathtime). Eventually her parents manage to convince her they really did, and still do, love her, just like they're going to love this new child.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Jess's upbringing is a case of this and ParentalAbandonment: his mother had him as a teenager and his father ran out on them when he was a baby. Her inability to deal with him as a teenager is a major reason she shipped him off to her brother Luke.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Key'lehr being the closest thing a half-Klingon get to this explains why Alexander, Worf and Key'lehr's son, didn't pick up on Klingon values as a child. One can imagine how jarring a transition it must've been for Alexander when Key'lehr died and he was left to be raised by Worf, who was not only strict but was ''very'' devoted to Klingon traditions.
* In ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' Carly's father is in the military (so a partial aversion) and so is always away, her mother is never mentioned and adult brother is OneOfTheKids. Freddie's mom however goes to the opposite extreme.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Were Willow Rosenberg's parents ''ever'' home, except when it was convenient for the plot - like the time Willow's mom and the other parents nearly burned Willow and Amy at the stake?\\
Her mother basically seems to be far more interested in studying teenagers than actually interacting with her teenage daughter. She doesn't know Willow's best friends' names, views Willow as a demographic rather than an individual, and is surprised to see Willow's change of hairstyle when it's been that way for months. All we know about her father is that his name is Ira and he won't let her watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special ([[InformedJudaism they're Jewish]]).
** Excepting Joyce, were any of the teen characters' parents around outside of plot-relevant reasons? Cordy's parents were often mentioned but never seen. Oz's were never mentioned, nor were Zander's. The only adult figures of any parental importance who were around consistently were Giles, Joyce, and Wesley. And maybe the Mayor, if you consider him as a sort of evil father figure.
* ''Series/TeenWolf''
-->'''Ms. [=McCall=]:''' "Don't either of you care that there's a POLICE-ENFORCED CURFEW?"
-->'''Scott and Stiles:''' "...no."
-->'''Ms. [=McCall=]:''' ''(walks away)'' "All right, that's enough parenting for tonight."
** In episode 2, Scott's mom notices that he looks tired. The conversation very quickly goes to:
-->'''Ms. [=McCall=]:''' "It's not like you're on drugs, right?"
-->'''Scott:''' "Right now?"
-->'''Ms. [=McCall=]:''' "RIGHT NOW? Have you ever been on drugs?"
-->'''Scott:''' "Have you?"
-->'''Ms. [=McCall=]:''' ''(walks away)'' "Get some sleep."
* Nearly all of the parents in ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' in that they hardly ever give their kids any rules to follow, and enforce them even less.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' hints Chandler suffered from this. His parents divorced when he was 9, and his mother was a famous, erotic novelist who was always on tour, and his dad ran off to Vegas to be a drag queen. The few mentions of his childhood involve houseboys and boarding school. As an adult, his Mom is more likely to talk about him in TV interviews than to call. When the audience is introduced to his mother, played by Morgan Fairchild, she is on Series/TheTonightShow, telling Jay Leno that she's going to New York, which she hates but will endure to see her son, whom she loves, and Chandler stops the other friends cooing by saying that this is how he finds out she's coming, instead of by phone call or mail (since cell phones weren't as ubiquitous in the early 90s). He hasn't spoken to his father in years, out of refusal to do so, as he states his father has tried to contact him.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' Lindsay and Tobias are sufficiently oblivious that Maeby got a job as a studio executive and produced several movies without them even noticing. One time when feeling neglected she tried to make them think she was running away, and was frustrated when she couldn't get them to realize. The much more controlling Michael tries to get Lindsay to pay more attention, but she maintains that he's stifling his son (she may have a point) and refuses to get involved unless forced to. At one point she decided she had to punish her for her failing grades, and was disappointed this involved more than ''telling her'' she was punished.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' Jenna fills this role to Elena and Jeremy. She was supposed to be their cool young aunt, but when their parents died she became their guardian, and is not suited for the role. She doesn't particularly seem to mind if they don't come home, or if they do come home if they bring someone else with them. Few guardians would react to their teenage niece having her boyfriend over for the night by admonishing them in the morning to keep the noise down.
* Nana Mary of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' was this to Bev. Bev becomes the opposite, partly out of resentment. Roseanne herself strikes a nice balance, but is briefly upset that she didn't turn out to be as permissive as she always intended to be when she was a teenager.
* A grandparent example occurred in ''Series/MamasFamily'' when the Harpers are complaining about the Reverend's bratty grandson, and his grandmother who refuses to discipline him. They are horrified to discover that they had to babysit the boy overnight while the the Reverend was in the hospital for a broken leg. The next day, when they come over to pick him up, Mama was at the end of her rope and about to spank him, but the Reverend, having just been kicked in his already busted leg, stepped in to do the job himself. Mama only stopped him to inform him that he missed a spot.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'': Brooke's parents are pretty bad with this. They don't really care what she does (they didn't even address that she's been ''arrested''), they just throw credit cards at her to keep her busy, and then when they lose all of their money they're completely fine just leaving her in Tree Hill with a woman who is basically a stranger while they move across the country.
** Of course, this is probably for the best for Brooke, given that her parents are both [[{{Jerkass}} jackasses]] to a point where her mother's treatment of her could qualify as [[AbusiveParents emotional abuse]]. (Which is bad enough that Brooke actually believes that her own mother ordered the violent beating she got in season six.)
* The Finns on ''Series/MaybeItsMe'', who among other things let their children choose their own names (one of them, Molly's soccer rival, just happened to choose a name that's actually a serviceable name; the others, not so much) and ''decide when to stop being breastfed''. In Molly's words, "My family is Insanity 101. These people are Advanced Placement Insanity."

* In ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' Satan finds a household like this when trying to find a perfect home for the baby that got sent to Hell by mistake. There's also another home where everything is regimented, and the children have no freedoms at all. Both won good parenting awards ... sponsored by [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian and The Daily Mail]] respectively.
-->'''Satan''': I found one couple who regard childhood as a disease, and another couple who seem to feel the same way about adulthood.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'': Ness' parents are surprisingly cool with their little boy heading out to fight monsters on his own without any form of escort or weaponry. They just like it when Ness calls them every once in a while to say hi. They also are just as cool with giving Ness hundreds and thousands of dollars as allowance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona4}}'': The Protagonist's uncle doesn't take a great interest in what his nephew does outside of school as long as it doesn't put him in the path of his investigation into the odd serial murders that cropped up recently.
** It's not entirely clear either why the Protagonist's parents sent him to live with his uncle for a year outside of just working abroad.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona5}}'': No clear reason is given for why the parents of the protagonist in this game so easily gave up their son for him to serve his probation in Tokyo instead of wherever he lived before [[spoiler: being set up to take the rap for a sexual assault by the same big-shot politician the protagonist fought off to protect an innocent woman]].
** Matter of fact, this applies to most of the parents of the Phantom Thieves. Ann's parents are famous fashion designers who are never around, Ryuji's stepfather is abusive, but his mother is decent, and he loves her very much; Futaba's guardian, while caring very much about her, has no idea how to help her deal with her {{Hikikomori}} issues and so just leaves food outside her bedroom door, and Haru's father is very much aloof and overly focused on running their family's fast-food conglomerate.

* ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'': Richard's parents, who seem to have been introduced mostly to counterpoint Sabrina's ultra-conservative parents.
* Gene in ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona'' seems content to let his kindergarten-age daughter Zora do as she likes; unfortunately for most other people, her favorite activity seems to be snooping around in other people's things.
* Bud's parents in ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}''. His dad spends all his time in the basement working on art and hydroponics, while his mom is always in the city managing the apartment complexes she owns. As a result Bud is a much better cook than either of them. It gets to the point where Autumn even forgets at one point that he even has parents.
* Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel of ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' aren't exactly irresponsible as parents (though they do tend to be absent most of the time), but they definitely [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-10 aren't very strict]]. A RunningGag with them is that they take the most bizarre things in perfect stride, such as when their daughter[[note]]who is an OppositeSexClone of their son and just came into their lives-and into ''existence''-at age 17[[/note]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-12 turns herself into a cat]]. They don't seem to find this odd at all, and are only interested in whether or not she's able to turn back.
* Ash's dad in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' lets her foreign boyfriend and her boyfriend's brother live at their house (despite the fact that he didn't know the boy existed until he came home to find him on the couch), and lets her go out and race, despite the fact that he knows it's dangerous. The justification is given quite early on: He was a control freak with Ash's mother, which led her to abandon them both when Ash was three, and doesn't want the same thing to happen again. He does lay the law down a few times, one example being when Ash got drunk and even told off a rather vicious associate of the brothers when it seemed he could be dangerous to the teens. He didn't know the guy was an angel, granted, but he could tell the guy was trouble.
* Seems to be Jim's attitude towards Sam in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. Eventually it turns out that Sam's actually been lying about her activities, and Jim is [[AngerBornOfWorry understandably upset]] when he finds out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}: Ken Russel, Gene's father is shown to be a very bad parent, because he makes no attempt to discipline his daughter. As a result, Gene has ended up on house arrest because of her crimes, and poor Billie has to be hired to babysit and tutor Gene. In episode 3 "Father Daughter Talk", Billie has to cope Ken through punishing Gene, as he has no idea what he's doing.
* ''WebVideo/PokemonPals'': Apparently Ash's mother was always too busy for him, and lets him run away when he was 10 years old.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Jade Sinclair's father basically was like this, except when he was home, at which point things were a lot worse. Her father turned out to be busy working for a loanshark and drinking. Right up until he decided to beat his child to death.
* ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'': Hayley and Mark Tisdale are ''HippieParents'' who believe in a hands-off approach to parenting. [[spoiler: Col. Powell blames their parenting approach for Sara getting herself shot and dying in his arms.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': The Lane family are the alternative {{Trope Namer}}s. The parents are both artists and spend long periods of time away from home; their five kids are each a bit dysfunctional, though [[TheSlacker Trent]] and [[CoolLoser Jane]] a bit less than the others. Trent once lived in a tent in the backyard for six months; his mother saw it as letting him find his own path, while he [[spoiler:was waiting for someone to invite him back in]].
-->'''Trent:''' I'm sorry I broke the rules. We don't really have any rules at our house. Right, Janey?
-->'''Jane:''' Well, there's that one about not building a fire in the rooms that don't have fireplaces.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Ned Flanders had hippie/beatnik parents and was like this before he was given a special treatment that involved being spanked continually for a whole year and was both literally and metaphorically {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' Likewise, this seems to be the main reason Mandark is evil (though it is also strongly hinted he was just born that way).
** You named a boy "Susan", what do you think would happen? Even worse, he was dressed as a girl as well. Because even the concept of a person's ''gender'' was apparently too restricting for his parents.
** The parents were named Wind Bear and Ocean Bird and it does seem that he had a natural inclination toward the negative.
* Goo's parents from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', who wouldn't stop her [[MrImagination imagining hundreds of imaginary friends]] because they didn't want to stunt her creativity, so they just foisted them all off on Fosters. And her name is 'Goo' because ''they let her name herself''.
** Her full name? "Goo Goo Ga Ga." Yes, they asked her when she was an infant.
* ''WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer'': Percy and Anastasia, the parents of the title character on the Canadian cartoon, are like this, being more concerned with getting more booze, welfare cheques and smokes than Kevin's welfare. Kevin would disappear for months at a time, and they were never particularly worried, simply noting that the boy would eventually come home on his own, which he always did. Of course, Percy and Anastasia often wouldn't be around either, given that they spent so much of their time in prison and rehab.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill has to deal with parents like this on occasion, which serves as a good contrast to his own firm-but-loving view on parenting. In one episode, he had to deal with two parents who would put their children in neglectful situations like concerts or giving them alcohol just because it made them "cool," and seemed more interested in having a good time then being good, loving parents. Another had a pair of see-no-evil parents who outright refused to discipline their son in spite of mounting evidence that he was a horrible, insufferable brat. Interestingly, he deals with them by having Bobby act ''exactly like their son'' towards them, and it is there that they start acting more disciplinary towards him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib and Gaz's scientist dad Professor Membrane has maybe one day set aside for "quality time" a year, usually appears in the house as a floating screen (half the time with prerecorded messages), and has one of his employees fetch them by asking for his "roommates."
-->'''Dib:''' You mean... us?
-->'''Scientist:''' You live with the professor, right?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'': Bessie's ex-hippie mom isn't really neglectful, but her idealistic worldview is rarely a help in solving her kids' problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has plenty of this. Kenny and Cartman in particular considering that their parents are crack heads (and in Cartman's case a whore) and thus really don't seem to heed much mind to the antics their kids get into. And strangely that seems less dangerous than Randy's involvement in his son's life.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Toph who adopted this parenting strategy, partly in response to her own upbringing and partly due to a demanding career. Unfortunately, she went too far in that direction leading to a myriad of issues in her children. Lin assumed responsibility from a very young age (as a teenager she was Suyin's father figure essentially) while Suyin rebelled and fell in with the Triads. Her two daughters ended up estranged with her and each other for over 30 years until they finally reconciled.

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* In the memoir ''Literature/TheGlassCastle'', Jean, Billy, Lorie, and Maureen have parents like this. Ditzy, artistic, neglectful to the point of borderline abuse, and so on. An interesting case, since this is implied to have a somewhat beneficial effect in the long run. The kids are incredibly self sufficient, helping each other survive their childhood, supporting themselves financially, and fleeing one by one to make a life for themselves in New York.
* This parenting style is called permissive parenting.
* Creator/ChristopherTitus described running into this style in "Neverlution", during a trip to the DMV where he saw a little boy who was an absolute terror (screaming, yelling, temper tantrums, etc.). When the child threatened to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leave the building]] his father did nothing more than calmly ask how they could "transform this situation". Given [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Titus' own upbringing]], this was utterly bizarre, as well as largely ineffectual as the boy ''kept'' throwing his tantrum. Of course, once Titus raised ''his'' voice to the kid (and implying that his parents were there ''because'' of the kid, which worked in shutting him up), the father turned out to be a PapaWolf.
* Too many species to list have the parenting strategy of "Have a bunch of kids, then leave them alone as soon as they're born and let evolution work". If they come out of eggs, they don't even have to wait until birth to abandon them.
* Among European royalty and nobility this happened relatively often, in no small part because of resentful mothers (and occasionally fathers) who felt that they fulfilled their entire obligation to their arranged marriages by having an heir - and maybe a spare. Of course it helps that they had governors and nannies to hand the kids off to. However, the stereotype that aristocrats in the pre-modern era always delegated their children's upbringing isn't true and there were exceptions even in the heyday of monarchy and aristocracy, like the monarchs Charles I, George III, and Victoria of England, King Henri IV of France (who so harshly disciplined his son, the future Louis XIII, that even his seventeenth century contemporaries who didn't disapprove of corporal punishment to say the least noted it), and Marie Antoinette. But there are notable examples as well, like Henry VIII, who had little to do with the upbringing of even his much desired male heir; Marguerite Louise d'Orleans, who after giving her much hated husband, Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany, three children returned to France and barely communicated with any of them even when they grew into adulthood; and Marie Eléonore de Maillé de Carman, mother of the notorious Marquis de Sade.
** In Henry VIII's case it wasn't so much hands off as remote control. Henry didn't spend much time with his children but he was a micro-manager of their household regulations, especially those of Prince Edward.