OVERPROTECTION VS EXPOSURE TO STRESS- EFFECTS ON CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Holistic Health

helicopter-parenting-1

Key words- helicopter parenting, eustress, neurotrophins, interleukins, immunity, creativity

What is overprotection?

It is excessive protection or shielding. In other words, it is excessive restriction of a child’s behavior allegedly in the interest of his/her health and welfare by an anxious, insecure or domineering parent[1]. A helicopter parent[2] (a cosseting parent) is one who pays extreme close attention to the child’s experiences and problems particularly in educational institutions. They hover overhead overseeing every aspect of the child’s life constantly.

Disadvantages of overprotection

  • Limits a child’s independence. Children are less able to regulate their own behavior[3].
  • Parents try to bear all the trouble. Children do not become responsible adults.
  • Cannot face odd situations where they need to take instantaneous decision.
  • May lead to teenage rebellion due to excessive discipline.
  • Often lose opportunities as they are prevented from venturing out to far off places. They have to…

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Connections

communication, lessons learned, listening, parenting, raising teens, role models, teenagers, texting

Positively Un-broken

We need to teach our children how to connect with others. I don’t mean teach them how to connect via social media—they are experts at that already. I mean we need to teach them to connect with other people face-to-face and one-on-one.

This thought struck me the other day after a couple things happened. First of all, I realized the new version of Google’s gmail is now offering me the option to click on a pre-determined email response. Essentially, it is “reading” my email and formulating a quick response that I can send to someone like, say, my boss, to thank her, let her know I will check into something, or make her think I am following up on her response or a request. In reality, the pre-determined one-click response allows me to not think. I don’t have to think about my response, and I don’t have to think about…

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