Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Overparenting Affects Our Children

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Overparenting Affects Our Children

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How overparenting affects our children

Why do so many young people today have such trouble coping when they're put into an environment where they have to function on their own-such as leaving for college or entering the workforce?

One reason, says author and Psychology Today editor-at-large Hara Marano, is that parents are going to great lengths to take the discomfort and disappointment out of childhood while, at the same time, pressuring their children to succeed.

The combination of parental hyperconcern and microscrutiny have the unintended effect of making kids more fragile, which is why Marano calls her new book A Nation of Wimps.

"Parents, victims of their own misdirected competitiveness, go to great lengths to take the lumps and bumps out of life for their children," Marano says. As a result, kids are unable to deal with stress because they didn't learn coping skills when they were growing up.

At the same time, perfectionism, both from parents and other sources, inhibits creativity, curiosity and innovation. In school it creates classrooms where only results matter. …

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