Parental-Privilege Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Parental-Privilege Doctrine refers to legal principle granting parents the right to bring up children free of governmental interference. A parent has the right to discipline his or her child reasonably, and to exercise decision-making authority over the child without interference from state. The State cannot interfere with this right which is guaranteed under U.S. Const. amend. XIV unless the child's health and welfare are jeopardized by the parent's decisions.