Signs of Overprotective Parents and the Negative Effects of Overprotection

Signs of Overprotective Parents and the Negative Effects of Overprotection

Of course, we all want to protect our kids. But the overprotection hinders our child’s potential. Overprotect means protect more than is necessary, and to make you aware of this; we have a list of  signs that can help you recognize these characteristics:

Signs of overprotective parents:
1. Micromanaging everything your kids do
2. Shielding your kids from failure
3. Not teaching your child responsibility
4. Consoling your child too much
5. Managing your child’s friendships
6. Constantly reminding them about danger
7. Controlling their choice of activity
8. Continously checking up on them
9. Placing your child in a bubble
10. Comforting a child quickly after a simple fall that produces no distress
11. Strict rules that do not allow a child to get dirty or creative.
12. Punishment that does not fit the crime. Discipline is overly harsh for minor offenses.
13. Over-emphasis on being successful in school.

The negative side effects to this parenting style include the following:

  • Overprotective parenting will frequently encourage a child to lie. When expectations are too high or unreasonable, a child will lie to avoid getting in trouble.
  • When the parent is fearful of many things, the child becomes overly scared as well. Normal, healthy risk-taking is discouraged and children grow up to be teenagers who take risks that come with a much higher price than a bruised knee or ego if things go wrong.
  • Kids experience a reward/punishment system for their behavior and can grow up to be adults who are materialistic and manipulative. They don’t do the right thing just because it is the right thing to do.
  • Finally, and most importantly, parents may not be able to communicate with their children as they mature. Parents have demanded compliance, not communication, which again leads to more lying.

In conclusion, Kids need room to grow and develop—and to make mistakes and learn from natural consequences. But it’s tough to let them explore and mess up sometimes. If you’re an overprotective parent, try to take a step back. Give your child a little more room, guide them along the way but don’t protect them from everything.

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