Danger: Doing Too Much for Your Child (10-21-15)

Today’s Parenting Reminder:

Doing too much for your child can be dangerous to children growing up as healthy, happy adults.

Think about how much you do for your child and how involved you are in everything she does? Is it the right amount for her age and maturity?

  • Do you do things for her that she can and should do on her own?
  • Do you often save her from being distressed or frustrated?
  • Do you give her what you think she needs even before she asks?
  • Are you trying too hard to make her love you?
(These signs of doing too much for children are taken from HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehofts.)

If you decide that you do too much for your child, remember you are doing it out of love. Also remember that you can balance your love by doing what your child truly needs but not more than she needs.

You can make the adjustments you think you should to balance your love.

Read more about doing too much for your kids: Kids Need to DO Things, Part 2

Next Parenting Reminder will be on October 23, 2015 (Daily Parenting Tips).

Check Daily Parenting Tips for hundreds of past helpful reminders.


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