SWEEP AWAY YOUR WORRIES
The last thing we want to do during the Christmas holidays is disappoint our kids, but we just stumbled across a (Dutch) article that points out that disappointment might be just what the doctor ordered…
During the holiday season, we tend to pamper our parents, nephews, brothers and sisters. But first and foremost, we pamper our children. This doesn’t just happen during the December festivities though, as some cheerleaders (parents) tend to cheer on their unicorn’s every move all year long. Yet when these toddlers grow up towards adulthood, they find out that the world isn’t as magical as their parents made it out to be.
Too often parents slip into the pitfall of being too protective, solving their children’s problems without giving them the chance to be self-reliant. Danish psychologist Bent Hougaard defines these mothers and fathers as ‘curling parents’. They ‘sweep’ away all the problems their kid could possibly encounter, referring to the sweeping of the curling sport. As you can learn a lot from your mistakes, you can see how this could be a problem.
In this current day and age where change is the only constant, it’s important to teach our kids to roll with the punches that society throws at them. Not only that, but also how to filter through all the madness that is the Internet. If you don’t, there’s a big chance they won’t know how to deal with life’s hardships later on. The article even goes so far to say this results in anxious and/or lazy individuals.
We believe the omnipresence of social media and overpampering can result in a lack of understanding between right or wrong. Needless to say, we’re not claiming you should stop protecting your kid, because you definitely shouldn’t in this crazy world. However, there should be room for error and serendipity in a kids’ life, setting them up to reach their full potential.
For now, let's celebrate the weirdness of the Internet by watching this "festive" GIF down below.