There is an old adage which states that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Overprotective parents do not know how their hovering and coddling of their children are irreparably damaging and crippling them for life. Yes, parental duty entails loving and protecting a child when the occasion arises but overprotective parents often do these things to the point of detriment instead of benefit. These parents believe that their children should be protected as much from life’s catastrophes as possible. They further contended that their children’s childhoods should be as free and unencumbered as possible. In other words, their children should have as little responsibilities as possible- they should be “children” first and foremost.
The overprotective instincts of modern parents are destroying children’s independence, trapping them in a hyper-controlled bubble that they might never escape.
These children are often inundated by their parents that the world is a very dangerous place to be in. They are raised to be timid and fearful. Unlike children of less protective and free range parents who are allowed to explore and savor their environment, these children are kept under lock and key both literally and metaphorically. They believe that their children should be protected from mistakes, failures, and frustrations. They contend that it is not a child’s purview to experience the mistakes and frustrations of life. They asserted that if children are exposed to such things, they become discouraged and disillusioned.
As a result of the stifling environment in the homes of overprotective parents, their children often miss out on life developing opportunities. Those children are often behind their peers in terms of social, emotional, and psychological development. They are often infantilized beyond their years. Many children learn to hate their parents for the harm they have done. The average overprotective parent believes that he/she has given their children the BEST possible life. However, they do not realize that they have given their children the WORST life there is. Don’t ruin your children. You have already given them the best gift, the most valuable treasure in the world – their life. Don’t be the person to destroy it.