The term helicopter parent is used to refer to those anxious parents who keep intruding into every single experience of their children. Being overprotective is one of their most common characteristics. One of the reasons why some parents become overprotective is because of a strong urge to protect their children from all types of bad experiences. This phenomenon seems to be increasing with time. Hannah Rosin, writing for The Atlantic, has been cited by the TIME magazine as saying, “the overprotective instincts of modern parents are destroying children’s independence, trapping them in a hyper-controlled bubble that they might never escape.”
It is natural for parents to feel anxious about their children’s well-being, but it is never advisable to spoon-feed or cushion every blow children receive. The little challenges children face in their lives prepare them for the bigger ones ahead, giving them the much-needed courage and wisdom. By being protective and cocooning children from the realities of life, parents end up denying them the chance to realise their full potential.
Overprotected children face the risk of growing up believing that someone else will solve their problems. Thus, they are ill-prepared to face the challenges of life. Many a time, it may turn them into a laughing stock among peers. Thus, playing the kangaroo doesn’t help when it comes to caring for children. Of course, this doesn’t mean that children should be left uncared for. Parents need to exercise balanced judgement on how much to shield, and how much exposure and freedom to allow their children.
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Overprotective parents generally want to protect their children from harm, from hurt and pain, from unhappiness, bad experiences, and rejection, from hurt feelings, failure and disappointments.
If you are overprotective parents, then there is likelihood that your children will suffer the consequences of your “protection”. Here are the signs that you are an overprotective parent.
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