Are you overprotective?

September 30, 2009 at 10:14 AM 2 comments

overprotective

Parent’s fears for their children’s safety, if extreme, can have an adverse effect on their children’s confidence and self-esteem. By molly-coddling a child, a parent is only making the child more dependent and inhibiting her attempts to learn to do things by herself. Overprotective parents unintentionally send out a message to their children that they are incapable of handling things by themselves. In addition, the parents’ fears transmit themselves to the children who, in turn, begin to perceive dangers lurking in every new activity and experience. It has been observed that children have fewer falls, tumbles and injuries when left to play by themselves than with parents constantly cautioning them, and ready to leap forward at the slightest sign of danger. Parents who fear that an activity may be risky should warn their children beforehand rather than while they are engaged in the activity. Else, the warnings merely serve to transmit the fear to the children and distract them, leading to a greater probability of an accident. 

When a child does something on her own for the first time, it is a great accomplishment, even if it is something as insignificant as learning to ride a bicycle. Parents who wrap their children in cotton wool, in a manner of speaking, are denying their children this pleasure. 

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  • 1. Cassiano Barbosa  |  November 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Parents usually want to protect their children from everything, however they forget how amazing it is to deal with life troubles. We understand our parents preocupation with our future and what we will become in the future, but it is important to bear in mind that children should have the right to choose what they want.
    Being overprotective is very dangerous because you won`t give your children the opportunities to try all things and then discover what they want or not.
    On the other hand, you shouldn`t be too lenient with your children because they may become rebelious and disrespectful. Setting rules for young people is very important as the real life will show a lot of limitations through the years.
    Being a good parent demands a balance between permitting some things in order to allow your chindren to discover what are good and bad and being restrited with some issues to demostrate that they can`t have everything they want – avoiding spoiled children.

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  • 2. lucasmarques93  |  November 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    I’m not an overprotective person. You won’t catch myself thinking or fearing about anyone’s safety. The only thing that could characterize me as an overprotective man is the fact that I do intentionally send out a message to my friends that they are incapable of handling things by themselves.

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