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Battling overprotective and laissez faire tendencies.

by lillybrook on December 10, 2012   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

When it comes to parenting, it is so hard to definitively know when to get in front of things and when to let them unfold on their own. I know I often romanticize the "unsupervised for hours" memories from my own childhood, and yet, if a parent isn't 100% present in today's society, they are chastised for being neglectful. How long can you go without jumping in if you are waiting for a natural consequence to occur? What is the balance between supportive and over-involved? A friend of mine recently talked about how much pressure she felt to always "be there": attend every event or game, provide food, ask questions of teachers and college counselors, enrich children's lives with supplemental activities and camps... And if they do ALL those things, you have to help them manage the stress, take things off their plate like household chores. But then, they go to college and don't know how to do anything for themselves. Where's the line?


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