The Learned Helplessness Trap—5 Ways to Stop Fixing Things for Your Kids

Chances are, you know at least one "Helicopter Parent"-or possibly even a few "Snowplow Parents." Along with hovering and over-functioning for their kids, Snowplow Parents also work to "clear the way" for their children, removing all obstacles, disappointments and frustrations from their kids' paths. Here's the truth: While it's natural to want to shield your child from pain, if done to the extreme, it prohibits kids from experiencing real life problems-and can even prevent them from growing up and developing with enough life skills to function as adults. Here are 5 ways you can put the plow away and start letting your child do things for himself today.
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