Not only does allowing children to navigate their own obstacles teach them important resiliency skills but it also helps them to become kinder and less entitled children.
"Behavioral research shows that humans can become acclimated to almost anything if they’re exposed to it frequently. It’s called “hedonic adaptation,” and it’s why Justin Bieber is always buying more outrageous cars, why the kitchen we just remodeled suddenly needs a new backsplash and why lottery winners, after the initial thrill of winning, end up about as happy as they were before." Read on to learn more about cultivating kindness and resiliency in your children!
Amy Carney wrote an awesome article about 8 things to stop doing for your children. Take a gander and see if you can't challenge yourself to step away from some of these "lawn-mower" tendencies!
Amy challenges "What is your parenting goal? Is it to raise competent and capable adults? If so, then let's work on backing off in areas where our teens can stand on their own two feet. I know they're our babies and it feels good to hover over them once in awhile, but in all seriousness, it's up to use to raise them to be capable people!"
Stay Health, Chaps!