Phil Dunphee, one of the three “father” characters in the Modern Family television show, is a textbook example of a permissive parent. With his children, he is encouraging of their individual expression and allows his children to make decisions based on what they see as the best option. When faced with their disobedience, he is rarely angry, and attempts to understand why his children made the decisions they made. When he does run out of patience, his style of discipline is not corporal, he generally requires his children to directly address the impact their decision had on the family or community. He has done this by requiring his children to perform chores and other forms of community service or volunteering. He is very affectionate with his children, but in ways that are accepted by them, choosing to spend time with them or talk to them over other forms of physical affection.