Paranoia - a constant feeling of fear and negativity that something wrong will happen. Many parents these days live with this feeling and end up in what we call paranoid parenting. Parents tend to create an overprotective shield around child where the child is constantly under parental supervision, vigilance, guidance and protection. Typical symptoms of a paranoid parent are:
Paranoid parents prefer to live in a hypothetical world where fear rules and positivity has little place. They choose to accompany their child everywhere like birthday parties, play areas, walk to school because they don’t find bus as a safe option and refuse to trust even the teachers. These parents bound their kids by rules and get angry if the child breaks these rules. They tend to restrict children in many ways. This culture of fear makes a negative impact on child’s development. Parents often feel they are protecting their child and trying to keep them safe but fail to realise that a child will eventually grow into an individual adult in the same world from which they are trying to protect them.
When a child is born, a parent is born too. Paranoid Parenting can begin at a very early stage and eventually becomes a style of parenting. While a parent is completely responsible for bringing up his/her child, one must not forget that a child has to grow up to become an independent human being. Hence groom a child to live in the world where he/she is born and not away from the world.
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