How to break free from the trap of over parenting
We want to be engaged with our children and their lives, but not be so emmeshed that we lose perspective on what they need. But when does engaged parenting become overparenting and rather than build self-reliant and confident children our influence on our children becomes negative?
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Despite our best intensions, our own agendas can sometimes lead to unrealistic and sometimes lofty expectations for our children. These are not helping them to develop the skills they need to function as adults and can even rob them of the capacity to trust in themselves. Parenting in The Thick Of It with Louise Clarke
Julie’s Ted talk, referenced in this Podcast, is in our video section below.
Learn how you can stop worrying and avoid helicopter parenting with these 6 tips from Debbie Pincus, author of The Calm Parent: AM & PM.Play
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By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, helicopter parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humour she makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores.Watch
A helicopter parent might want to protect their child from failure, however allowing children to fail is instructional in the process of learning. Diana Laufenberg explores this concept from a teacher’s point of view, but it is equally transferable to parents. How encouraging children to find answers for themselves builds inquisitive minds, experiential learning and the ability to embrace failure and learn from it.Watch
Confused about how to be an involved parent without smothering your kids read this article By Kate Bayless for Parent.comRead Article
Parenting Styles: What Type of Parent Are You?
According to scientists, there are four parenting styles : authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, or neglectful. Identifying where you fall on the spectrum is a great way to determine what you need to work on to become a better parent.Take the test !
How to raise successful kids without overparenting
5 Tips to read from Ideas.Ted.Com ( with links links to the associated Ted talks ).Read and Watch