Over-Emphasis on Safety Means Kids Are Becoming More Anxious and Less Resilient – Neuroscience News

Parental overprotection has been shown to foster unhealthy coping mechanisms in children. Overprotected children are more likely to both internalise problems (as in anxiety and depression) and external ise them (as in delinquency, defiance or substance abuse).

It is natural to want to avoid problems, but avoiding things that bring us discomfort can reinforce a belief that we cannot handle certain issues and, over time, make us less capable.

Research supports that overprotective parenting decreases adolescents’ well-being, motivation, independence and ability to deal with problems in a healthy way.

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