4. Teacup Parenting
All good parents want their children to be safe, healthy and secure. However, some parents consider their children as fragile as teacups. I have known mothers that have been so protective as to not allow a toddler to run, for fear of skinned knees. How about the mother that forbids the children to eat while she was not home (kids obviously old enough not to need a babysitter mind you) for fear of choking.
This is the same mentality insists that children ride bikes with kneepads and helmets. The problem here is two-fold.
First, children must run, climb and explore. The reality of life is that while we are responsible to keep our children safe, we can’t keep them in bubble wrap. The only thing that is truly as fragile as a teacup with these parents, are their ability to assess real risk and benefit.
For example, a child that plays in the dirt without sanitizer is likely to be exposed to germs. That’s the risk. The benefits are that most likely the child will have a wonderful time, and build his immune system in the process.
Second, this is the leftist mentality that believes they can and must save us from ourselves.