There seems to be a backlash (at last) against extreme overparenting.
Overparenting means doing things that children themselves are meant to do and must learn to do, which oversteps the bounds of common sense and can cripple a child’s development and self-respect.
Parents have a duty to protect, provide for, and prepare their offspring for their future independence. This would call for spending time talking with their children and explaining their values (to me, this is the most valuable thing a parent can do).
My observation is that kids who struggle the most and figure out solutions on their own are the best equipped, most balanced adults. One young friend of mine came to San Antonio from out of state, drove door to door in San Antonio until he found a job in his field, rented a modest apartment, where he slept on the floor. His furnishings were a guitar and a TV (yes, it sat on the floor). His parents didn’t feel compelled to find him matching curtains. He’s doing well for himself, and he is the rightful owner of all of his successes.
I came across this article on My Daily Moment, and enjoyed reading it (except for having to click to the next page and wade through the ads). Link below.
By the way, hooray for parents who send kids “off to camp”! <3 Jane—