ARE WE RAISING A “NATION OF WIMPS?”

A recent article in Psychology Today suggests that we, as parents, tend to over-protect our children and micro-manage their lives. We pressure them to succeed while, at the same time, trying to protect them from failure. We prop them up and do not allow them to fall or fail. As a result of never having to suffer the consequences of their actions and poor decisions, our children become weak and emotionally fragile. They do not learn the importance of perseverance. They are more prone to anxiety and depression. They remain dependent upon their parents. And it takes them longer to become independent adults.

The author takes a dim and cynical view of our children’s lives, and I certainly do not agree with that viewpoint. But the article does raise a number of interesting and important issues.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200411/nation-wimps