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That gap between loving them in a protective cocoon and letting them experience the struggles and hardships of life is so hard for parents. Even a butterfly has to leave that protective cocoon and fly.
Parents are often told
- they are overprotective.
- It’s not good.
- Do different.
There’s a lot of fear around what might happen to our children that leads to being overprotective; some of it is genuine fear and some caught fear. This school aged time is a good time to address taking risk issues in an age-appropriate way. There’s a lot of time for easy, gently progress with a few bumps along the way.
This show we give you the resources to do differently. We talk about HOW not be an overprotective parent so that we continue to nurture our children. AND WHAT to do to let them grow. They need to learn how to take risks, manage risks and we need to learn to let them. It’s not our job to eliminate failure and disappointment. This is a school age edition.
Listen in for 7 things we can do to stop overprotecting and letting them grow with your school aged children.
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00:00 Introduction to Why I teach children to manage risks instead of shielding them from every hazard
02:04 What we can do about reducing overprotecting and letting them grow
02:12 First practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resources: Society of Nimble Parents
03:24 The second practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resources: Parent’s guide to transitioning from doing the packed lunch
08:41 Teach them what to do in tough situations is the third practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resources: 10 Questions to ask your child instead of “What was your grade?”
Resources: Character Conversation Cards
Resources: Handy Conversation Starters that get real conversation
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16:08 Restricting independence unnecessarily is the fourth practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resource: Start with teaching kindness online with Galit Breen
Resource: What is Low-risk independence?
21:24 the fifth practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resources: Meet at the Family Roundtable
Resources: How side by side time nurtures our boys
29:23 The sixth practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
Resources: Steps to Uniting your house when you Disagree and teaching the family how to Disagree Appropriately
Resources: Peaceful parent happy siblings:: Book recommendation from Amazon
33:50 Give time to failure and growth mindset is the seventh practical thing we can do to let our children grow without overly protecting them.
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Resource: Developing a Growth Mindset in Families
Resource: When they make mistakes and fail-practical ways to help parents and children learn how to navigate this undertalked about topic during childhood 189
Resource: Progress as a better measure for children 190
Resource: Gift of failure :: Book recommendation from Amazon.
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