Protect Your Young Children Without Being Overbearing

The moment you became a parent you transformed into a super protective, caring and soft-hearted person. You would never have imagined yourself in this situation before having children, especially as you’re usually so laid back throughout your day to day life. When it comes to teaching your kids about the world around them, there are often a lot of tricky topics to navigate. Your instinct as a parent will always be to protect them fiercely, but you don’t want them to lack independence as they grow and develop. Finding the fine balance between being a protective parent without being too overbearing is certainly a challenge, but here are a handful of methods to get you started.

Talk About Unsafe Scenarios
In life your child may be put in an unthinkable situation that puts them in danger. Unsafe scenarios may be hard to talk about, but this will help you to feel at ease when they are at school or out with their friends when they’re older. Whether you’re suggesting a bulletproof backpack or an emergency alarm in their bag, there are a number of different preventative measures you can take to keep your child safe. Nowadays, it isn’t dramatic or overbearing to think about these things; you are simply thinking ahead and preparing for a worst case situation.

Use Age Appropriate Language
From a young age your child will pick up on the terminology you use around certain situations. In some cases, you may even project your fears onto them without realizing. When discussing important ideas with them, make sure you use language that makes sense to their age category so they don’t get overwhelmed.

Explain the Rules and Trust Them
You have to have a certain level of trust in your children even when they’re very young. For example, when you explain the rules about crossing a road, you have to be very clear and then allow them to show you what should be done. If you tightly grip their hand forever, they will never learn and they will feel overwhelmed by you. Once you have laid out the rules, you must be consistent. Your child needs to learn that the rules are in place to keep them safe so you shouldn’t stray from the guidelines you put in place.

Discuss With Other Caregivers
When it comes to parenting and creating a safe environment for your children, consistency is absolutely vital. Knowing the rules around certain situations and sticking to them is so important to give your child a stable and steady upbringing.

Parenting in a modern world is always going to be a tough thing to navigate, but there are many positive strides you can make. Having open conversations, being prepared for unfortunate scenarios and creating rules for certain environments can help you to feel more confident. It can be very easy to cross the line into overbearing territory, but with all of these methods you will become a parent that helps their child feel loved, cared for and safe.

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