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Overparenting

The 26-Step Program For Good Parents Gone Bad

Dr. Wendy Mogel | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Mogel

I've written these steps to provide encouragement to well-intentioned, devoted, loving, intelligent parents who feel powerless to stop themselves from overindulging, overprotecting and over-scheduling their children.

The Problem with Overpraising Children

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

The problem with many parents hoping to boost their child's self-esteem isn't that they're praising; it's that they're overpraising.

Why It's OK To Let Kids Fail

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
LearnVest

As a parent, how do you stand idly by as your child falters, when all you want to do is set them up for success? How (when, where?) do you draw the line?

Part 2: When Helping Our Kids Starts Hurting Them

Tim Elmore | Posted 09.30.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

I've come to believe that parenting our kids is a lot like teaching them to ride a bike. It's a process. We begin by strapping them to us as infants and we do all the peddling. Eventually, we remove the training wheels -- and now our help is a tender balance of support and letting go.

Good Parenting Gone Bad

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

I have a confession to make. I have gone to one of my sons' dorms and done his laundry. Just when I thought I had taken my overparenting to a new level, his roommate's mother took out a lint roller and began to roll their entire carpet on her hands and knees. Was I out-parented?

Throw Away Your Parenting Books

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Relax, slow down, cancel the Mandarin lessons and put the parenting books back on the shelf. Use them as needed, not as gospel.

Think Negatively!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

How much positivity is too much? Where does healthy stop and delusional begin? And, maybe more to the point: Why does this kind of stuff feel like a relief?

The Impact of Overparenting

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves: Are we doing too much for them?

The 6 Overparenting Archetypes

BostonMagazine.com | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents

When Boston was hit by last winter's barrage of blizzards, my two oldest kids, then ages eight and five, spent their snow days lounging around the hou...

Are Over-Parented Kids Doomed to Become Unhappy Grown-Ups?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.24.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

In a recent piece in The Atlantic titled, not terribly ironically, "How to Land Your Kid In Therapy," Lori Gottlieb, a writer and psychotherapy intern...

Love, Limits, Letting Go: Good Enough for Obama

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If your kids are in high school, here is what you can practice: Tell them how much you believe in them, and prove it by practicing the art of letting go.