The balance parents and children must find between too much protection and too much freedom is a challenging balance.
Always making sure the kids are happy, buffered from discomfort, guided to make the right decision… is a lot of work, but for whose benefit? The parents get burnt out and frustrated, and the kids are deprived of a place to learn from their own decisions and mistakes. Think about it: wouldn’t you have rather screwed up more as a kid than as an adult?
In this post I discuss this difficult balance. We often don’t realize our sacrifices are actually not only stressing us, but ultimately harming our children. Parents want to the best for their children, yet that best can be the worse. Is it us or is it our culture that sets us up?