Side effects of over protective parenting

Posted on Mar 23 2013 - 1:45am by Rena

Side effects of over protective parentingChildren grow up and then they become adults. They start off being totally dependent in the first years of their lives to a higher degree of independence in their teenage years. This is when they start to learn to drive cars and do much more on their own.  Some parents tend to be overly protective of their children and try to limit their independence. There are so many dangers in this day and age that children are faced with as they grow up. Some are teenage pregnancies, drugs, alcohol, violence in schools, and pedophiles. These are some of the reasons why so many parents may feel that they have a good reason for being overprotective.

Illusion of Control

Some parents may believe that they can keep their children safe and protected by being overprotective. This may lead to an illusion that they have control over their children, who may start to rebel as they grow older and shatter that illusion forever.

Lack of Self-Confidence

Overprotective parents tend to send the message to their children that they cannot handle the challenges of life by themselves. This can lead to a lack of self-confidence children who are being brought up this way. They may feel that if their parents do not trust them to make mistakes and deal with problems on their own, then they will not have the ability to succeed in life without the help of their parents.


Overprotective parenting can cause the lack of the development of self-esteem in their children.  This happens because the children are not allowed to face challenges without their parents present. Part of the development of self-esteem in children comes from dealing with certain challenges on their own, which they miss due to overprotective parenting.


Children who have overprotective parents grow older and eventually reach their teens, when they spend parts of their days without their parents. This new freedom can make them take risks that are that children who did not have overprotective parents would not have taken. This happens because these children have not developed a sense of responsibility for their actions because the overprotective parents have taken away that sense of responsibility.

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