Being an overprotective parent can make your children miserable

Parents want the best for their kids. They try hard to keep their kids safe and secure. Parents never leave a single stone unturned in an attempt to provide the best possible environment to their kids, which can be helpful for their growth and development.

Overprotective parents also have good intention but fail to understand that their restrictions actually hinder the natural growth of their adorable kids. Here are a few negative and harmful effects of overprotective parenting:

Overdependence on their parents

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Overprotective parents are always there to offer their help to their kids. They do not understand the fact that kids may actually learn a lot by making mistakes. When parents are always there to help, kids fail to develop their own problem solving skills and get over dependent upon their parents. At a point of time, even if parents allow their kids to work on their problems they find it impossible to go on in life. Kids are born explorers. They want to experiment with almost everything but overprotective parents turn them into dependent, over conscious and nervous human beings.

Fearful kids

Fearful kids

It is important to take risk in life so that you can turn into independent human being who is all set to face hardships in life. Those people who take risks invite success and growth in life. Overprotective parents always keep their kids from taking risk in life. Kids get so used to living a risk free life that they start living in their comfort zone and are surrounded by fears of all kinds. Psychologists believe that overprotective parents do not let their kids conquer small challenges in life and turn them into coward human beings.

Less confident

Less confident

You learn from your mistakes and failures. Imagine your life if you would not have taken all challenges life had thrown at you. Kids also learn the same way. Overprotective parents hate to see their kids struggling in life and never allow them to do things by themselves. On the other hand, Kids fail to learn skills needed to get confident. Parents believe that their kids are not good enough to face challenges in life. When parents do not allow their kids to learn they never get confident.

Miserable and unhappy life

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Those parents who expect nothing but perfection from their kids get disappointed in the end. They do not understand the fact that your mistakes turn you into a better human being. Overprotective parents believe that kids must develop their skills until they experience real struggles in life. At the same time, they do not let their kids face small challenge, which can prepare them for big challenges in life. The result is stress and anxiety that steals happiness of kids and they start feelings inferior deep down inside. Such kids often led an unhappy and miserable life. When these kids compare themselves with other kids around them they get even more disappointed and may develop faulty behavior patterns.

Irresponsible and immature kids

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Overprotective parents usually turn their kids into irresponsible kids who find it hard to accept their mistakes. They are more or less dependent upon others around them. When they have no one to ask for help they get stressed out and find it hard to make wise decisions. Grownups come across many situations where they need to act responsible and mature. Kids of overprotective parents never act mature, as they have always been dependent upon their parents for every little thing.

Overprotective parents must understand the fact that mistakes, failures and small challenges in life are always helpful for growth of their adorable kids. You must help them learn problem solving skills rather than solving their problems as it does not serve the purpose.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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