Everyone who has kids knows that parenting is one of the hardest things that anyone can attempt. While protecting your children should be at the center of a parent’s goals, providing too much protection can also be detrimental. Meaning, if parents are not allowing their children to fail in some respect during their childhood they are depriving them of real-life opportunities to learn. Failure allows children and then teenagers to learn to cope with feeling uncomfortable.
- The best parenting strategy for teenagers is not to keep them happy and comfortable at all times.
- The older your teenager gets, the less you should be stepping in and taking control of their decisions.
- Teenagers learn important responsibility and coping skills when they fail — crucial to success and happiness later in life.
“I doubt there are many parents who set out to undermine their kid’s learning opportunities. Approaches to parenting styles are influenced by a host of factors. Amidst all the advice, emotion, and business of family life it is easy for parenting approaches and motivations to get a bit confused.”