The Dangers Of Over-Parenting

A clinical psychologist and a parenting expert both say parents who try to protect their child's happiness may actually be depriving them of happiness later in life.

If you caught the 8 o'clock half hour of the Today Show this morning, perhaps you watched intently as I did the segment called "How To Land Your Child In Therapy."   The segment was about how parents today, in an attempt to spare their children from negative feelings may actually be ensuring an unhappy adulthood.  The segment featured Lori Gottlieb, who wrote an article for The Atlantic on this issue, along with parenting expert Wendy Mogul.

The two spoke with Matt Lauer about how parents are so quick to try to protect their children from regret, rejection, jealousy, disappointment and the like that they are actually doing a disservice to their children, since these feeling are all a real part of life. 

What do you think about this idea--is there such a thing as overparenting, and what does it look like?  Do you curb the instinct to always rescue your child from little disappointments?

On a separate note, here's a link to Lauren's one year photo shoot:

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  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    Heather, your baby Lauren is beautiful, what nice pics...
  • by Velvet Location: Windsor on Jun 20, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    As a high school guidance counselor, I definitely witnessed the effects of overparenting. It is hard as a parent (now that I am a parent) to know when to stand back and watch as your kids "fall". But I do agree that it is helpful if kids know how to handle adversity. I think I've been able to do that as an adult because my parents did NOT overparent.

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