What Is Hyper Parenting And How Can It Affect Your Kids?

Learning to strike a balance between over-parenting and being too lax with your children is an important parenting tool


 

Parenting is tricky business and it’s only natural to want the best for your kids no matter what. There is such a thing as over-parenting, or being too involved in your child’s life. Learn to strike a balance and avoid the hyper parenting trap.

What is it?

We all want to be good parents and ensure kids get the best of everything, but sometimes that parental enthusiasm can go too far. Hyper parenting has been defined in a number of ways, most often as an “over-involved” parent, or a parent who is trying too hard and in a way that can actually impede a child’s success or progress. Often a “hyper parent” will over-schedule their child in extracurricular activities, be over-involved in their social and academic lives, and not give them the space to develop on their own without constant interference.

How does it affect kids?

Hyper-parenting often comes from a good place; parents want only the best for their children, but it can have a negative effect on how they learn and develop, as well as the relationship they have with their parents. Kids who are either coddled, pushed too hard, or never left alone to make their own choices and mistakes are under too much pressure to perform and can end up behind their peers in terms of social development. Hyper parenting may eventually cause a child to resent his or her overbearing and overprotective parents.

Why kids need space

Kids need their parents to help guide them through life and to keep them safe, secure and healthy. But they also need to learn who they are and develop their own likes and dislikes, and learn from their mistakes. By hyper parenting a child, you may be limiting their ability to grow and come into their own. Kids need loving parents in their lives, but also room to grow.

When and how to step back

It can be tough to know when to take a step back, or even how to let go when all you want is the best for your kids, but it is important to not continually pressure or coddle kids. You can do this by limiting activities (find out what you kids really love and eliminate the rest), making sure there is time to play, praising  your kids for more than just good grades and generally allowing your kids to be themselves without over-supervising. Unless you need to step in for health and safety reasons, try and let kids be kids.

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