When children are overprotected

When children are overprotected

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Current parents enjoy telling little battles and "feats" that we did together with siblings, cousins ​​or friends on field trips or during vacations, outdoor games such as climbing trees, going down ravines, hunting snakes, crossing precipices ..., innumerable escapades that would have made our parents' hair stand on end, but which we have survived and enjoyed. One of the instincts that is awakened by parenthood is the instinct of protection towards our offspring, something absolutely necessary and natural.

We all know that childhood is a stage of immaturity and experimentation in which dangers multiply and parents, therefore, experience irremediable anguish at the possibility that our child may suffer an accident or may be emotionally hurt by some frustration (some Parents even suffer with the fact that their children may be scold or impose rules of behavior at school, lest their little one suffer), but if they do not learn to accept now that frustrations and fears are small, they may take root and last until maturity.

Most of today's parents tend to be overprotective of our kids, perhaps due to the news and a heightened awareness that the dangers can be innumerable. My brother-in-law who works in the children's ER is absolutely hysterical with his children because he sees scary things at his job (this may be understandable, but not desirable). It is not about putting a blindfold on ourselves so as not to see the possible risks involved in certain games or the desire to experiment and curiosity about what surrounds them (whether dangerous or not). But it is also not normal that children cannot do anything at all without our supervision.

Today's children cannot ride their bikes without a helmet, they cannot go out to the park without sunscreen, they cannot go shopping for bread without company, etc. Children need challenges, they need to learn to control the world they live in, they need to feel safe and free, so we must provide them with confidence and not apprehension or fear. Teach them to be prudent, but not fearful or cowardly. There is a difference between recklessness and challenge, so as not to curtail their desire to learn, to experiment, to be autonomous or to enjoy and control the world around them. Let us value the fair measure of things, when the risk is small, we must trust in the capacities of our children and not put ourselves in the worst case, let them grow and grow older, with our supervision, but without our fears.

Patro Gabaldon

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