How protective should a parent be?
By Saran James Rajpal
The first time mothers feel protective of their child isn’t when it starts walking, or starts turning on its side or even when she hold her baby for the first time. It starts soon as a mother realizes she’s expecting. The protectiveness that an expectant mother feels for her baby is fierce and overwhelming – and here to stay for the rest of her life. Mothers are bound by love and duty to protect our children. The important question however is how much they should protect them? If it were up to them I know they would never let us fall and scrape their knees or have us cry or let us out of our sight. That, of course isn’t possible and nor is it healthy. I am very happy to be able to write about this as a project in my LD1 class. I am not sure whether what I am going to write about this correctly or not but this is according to my values. The only correct way to protect your child is to find a balance between the two extremes. Learn to recognize instances where you can let your child go and do things by himself – even if it means he’ll end up doing it wrong or fall down and scrape his knees. Just make sure you’re there for him afterwards to encourage him to do it again and not scold him with an ‘I told you so’. In conclusion, life is hard so let a child feel it so he won’t be surprised when he faces the world alone without protective parents.
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