Parents have in the recent years become very hands on with their kids. I guess its a consequence of modern parents having too much free time on their hands, even though you can constantly hear the opposite being said. By having free time, I’m talking about compared to what our parents or even grandparents had. I still remember stories that my mom would tell of how my grandpa, a farmer, would put my mom and her sister in a barrel filled with toys under a tree while grandpa and grandma would work the field. Imagine today’s parents doing something like that. Kids aren’t even allowed to go outside because of fear of scrapes, getting dirty, getting sick, or whatever the current scare craze is.
Why it’s important to let kids fail and make mistakes
Another way that parents are making life harder for their kids is by not letting them do things and make mistakes. I’m sure that even some of you who are reading this or someone that you know, who has kids, jumps at every whine, every time that kids don’t know how to do something on their own, and then you, the parent, proceed on completing the task, instead of letting your kids do it themselves.
Homework is the best example of where todays parents are making mistakes. Homework is something that kids need to do on their own. Parents can help out by jumping in, explaining, solving an example, but ONLY an example. Do not finish the entire homework for them. They need to solve it themselves, if they make mistakes, they need to fix them on their own. That way they learn self-reliance, self-motivation, and everything else needed to succeed in the world.