Everyone agrees that it's a crime to neglect a child. That's a no brainer. What we've failed to see for two decades is that over-parenting -- not under-parenting -- can do even more harm.
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When we are misattuned to the developmental stages of our children, carrying them when they'd rather walk, breastfeeding them when they'd rather play, we undermine their confidence.
'Attachment parenting' addicts are slavishly devoting literally their entire daily lives to nursing and nurturing their babies and toddlers, and it's just not necessary.
Do we do a disservice to our children's sense of self-reliance and authenticity by being too vigorously involved in the college application process?
But when we do the opposite, when we hover over our children, although we are physically present, we are cut off from feeling their true vulnerability and love.
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