Possible To Love A Child Too Much

Is it possible to love a child too much? I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

You know, not everything that is called love is healthy for a son or daughter during their developmental years. Many parents are so child oriented today that they drift inexorably toward overprotection of the next generation. I dealt with one anxious parent who stated that her children were the only sources of her satisfaction. During the long summers she spent most of her time sitting at the front room window watching her three girls while they played. She feared that they might get hurt or need her assistance in some way.

All of her other responsibilities were ignored. Guard duty at the front window was her only function. She suffered enormous tensions over the known and unknown threats that could hurt her beloved offspring. Childhood illnesses and sudden danger are always difficult for a loving parent to tolerate, but the slightest insecurity produces unbearable anxiety for the overprotective mom and dad. Not only do they suffer, their child is a victim too. Healthy nurturing and protection of a child is a critical part of the parenting role. But it is also important to let them carry the level of responsibility, and yes, even run some risks that their age and maturity dictate. I'm Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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