Parents, there's a fine line between being supportive and being just a little too "hands-on." In fact, a new study says the latter could actually affe...
Although the term was originally used to refer to teens and college age kids, it can be referred to doing tasks of a child of any age when the child is capable of doing it alone. Toddlers and preschoolers for example may not learn to play alone because their parent is always hovering over them and playing alongside of them.
No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.
There is obviously a disparity between what you think 3-year-olds are capable of and what the other parents think kids this age can do. It would be useful to examine this, and think about whether you yourself were treated as less capable than you were by your parents, or if they gave you too much independence, making you resolve to be there for your own kids at all times.
Setting boundaries with our kids is a process. And we get to work at it with both imperfection and diligence. Regardless of where your parenting approach lies, seeking fellowship from other parents with similar goals -- especially those parents who are a little further along the parenting path is greatly beneficial