Studies have shown that an excessively protective parenting approach has a detrimental effect on a child’s emotional development.
But we already knew that.
In fact, we really did not need a mental health expert to conduct a study and put into writing something that is so logically obvious, did we? Yet, while we all know that helicopter parenting is generally to be frowned upon, most of us do not know what helicopter parenting really means, choosing instead to uniquely define the concept as convenience suits us, usually in a way that always exonerates our own parenting approach.
For parents wishing to re-evaluate their parenting style, we have put together a list of 6 telltale signs to get you thinking about what helicopter parenting really means.
1. Excessively baby proofing the house.
Every sharp corner and edge in the house does not have to be wrapped in plastic. Every door and opening does not need a baby proof latch. For example, some companies sell oven door locks, specifically to prevent curious children from opening hot oven doors to see what’s baking. However, this misses the point that a young child really should not be near a hot oven in the first place. Yet another company sells a speciality cable to prevent floor to ceiling cabinets from toppling when children use them as ladders, as if that is a normal thing for children to do or for parents to allow.
Many “cutting edge safety” devices have no real use at all and prey upon a parent’s insecurities to sound useful. A significantly more practical approach may be to simply keep certain areas of the house off limits.
Frankly speaking, it is really alright if a child bumps their head against a rounded edge of a table leg or falls off a short stool every once in a while.
2. Seeking medical attention.
Bringing a child to the doctor at the first sneeze or cough usually works out well for the doctor, not the child. Think about it, how often have you heard a doctor say “Come back in a few days if it gets worse?” Doctors are not shamans; they usually only make a diagnosis if a patient turns up with actual and clearly identifiable symptoms. So what do you think any doctor is going to do if you bring a child that may or may not be sick for a consult? A good doctor will say “Come back in a few days if it gets worse” and then write you a bill for the consult. Some other doctors may say the same thing, but also add a low dosage prescription to address the immediate complaint and then write you a larger bill.
Look around you, everybody sneezes, coughs or even throws up once in a while.
You would have seen them in stores; vitamins packaged in bottles to attract a child’s attention, almost made to look like sweets. Well-meaning parents purchase these supplements thinking they will boost their child’s immunity, intelligence or overall health. The fact is, unless a child has an actual vitamin or mineral deficiency that they cannot make…
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