Are you the grandparent who wants to protect your grandchildren from every bad thing that is going to happen to them? Do you want to wrap them in cotton wool or bubble wrap so they won’t get hurt? Do you feel angry when you find they have been involved in a playground scrap or that a teacher has seemingly acted unfairly towards them?
Overprotecting your grandkids is hard work
Being the protector is hard work. You can’t be everywhere at once. You may want to knock the bully on the head for picking on your grandchild, but you know that would be unreasonable and fraught with all manner of issues.
If you try to protect your grandchildren from every eventuality, you may stop them from exploring and experience new and exciting things. Research has shown us that being curious and taking risks is a major part of building intelligence and confidence in children. And, as we all understand, a confident child is great asset to the wider community and themselves.
Is your behavior causing conflicts?
Your family may resist your efforts to protect them. You may stultify their every move and make it difficult for them to stand on their own two feet. Being a protector is a noble role to play, but it can eventuate in you being left out of important conversations because your reactions are over the top or not helpful.
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