I'm a bit overprotective with my kids. (And they'd probably tell you that's an understatement!)
I can't speak for every parent who leans over-bearing, but in my case the tendency is 100% anxiety-based. It stems from the misguided notion that I can:
- Anticipate anything negative before it touches my kids' lives
- Prevent it from hurting them
But the truth is that I can't do either of those things, at least not all the time. None of us can. And the danger that goes along with this type of pseudo-control is that my helicopter leanings rob my kids of the opportunity to learn and think for themselves.
How about you? Do you find it difficult to pull back and let your kids learn from their own experiences -- even mistakes? If you share a similar struggle, read 10 Ways to Stop Being a Helicopter Parent.
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