Overprotecting our young children can backfire later
You might have heard the terms "helicopter parents," "hover mothers," or "Snowplow Parenting" over the past few years, You also might have seen the news stories where college students are seeking counseling after being devastated when they only get "B+" on a test or paper, or are staging dramatic protests against professors perceived to be unfair or too hard in their course expectations or grading policy. In some (or perhaps many) cases, these two factors might directly correlate, for when parents prevent their children from being disappointed, or step in and either defend or excuse their behavior when they get in trouble, they deny their children the chance to learn from their mistakes and/or occasional poor choices while they are young, and destine them to be unable to manage life's inevitable hard moments when older. Children need to discover from a very early age that when one falls down when taking an early step it might be momentarily uncomfortable, however with a little effort and encouragement one can rise to the occasion, stand up, take another step and go forward. It is in the act of rising up and moving on that one acquires one of the greatest personal characteristics - resilience.
Last edited Tuesday, July 5, 2016