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Should We Shelter our Kids from the Winds of Life?

Should We Shelter our Kids from the Winds of Life?

Sometimes as parents we go too far trying to help and protect our children from consequence of choices and disappointments. We feel we don’t want them to struggle like we did. However, a Harvard psychiatrist said that overprotected children are more likely to struggle in relationships and with challenges. He believes we are sending our kids the message that they’re not capable of helping themselves. To quote clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel: “It is our job to prepare our children for the road, not prepare the road for our children.”  In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger.  An apostle of God taught, “As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return” (Neil L. Andersen).  Opposition in life can be a blessing.  As parents, we must teach correct principles and then allow our children to become stronger through the inevitable buffetings of life’s adversities.

Strong Winds Produce Stronger Trees

Strong Winds Produce Stronger Trees

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