09.20.17
11k Word Essay : The Dark Side of Being Too Nice
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Part One: What does it mean to be "too nice" (and why is it a problem)? Being too nice - otherwise known as people-pleasing - is an overlooked and serious problem today. Unlike other counterproductive behaviours, individuals who engage in it rarely visit their doctor or counselor, saying, “I need help with my compulsive people-pleasing...

confidence in relationships, hurtful-relationships, kind, narcissist, nice, people-pleasing


09.14.17
If You Love Your Kids, Let Them Learn to Live Without You
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When I was a kid, there was no such thing as helicopter parenting. My folks loved me but they didn't hover over me, bubble-wrap me or micro-manage me. They only learned my marks on report card day and they only spoke to my teachers or coaches when it was absolutely necessary for them to do so. My parents expected me to do my own...


09.4.17
Parents: Don’t Deprive Your Kids of the Freedom and Opportunities You Had
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I’ve been thinking about the consequences of helicopter parenting on college-aged kids. From everyone I’ve spoken to and everything I’ve read, it’s clear that over-protecting and coddling our kids is doing these young people a lot of unintended harm. I've been closely following what the experts have been saying. One of...


08.31.17
Helicopter Parents Need to Back Off Now
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the consequences of helicopter parenting on young people currently graduating from college and university. From everything I’ve observed, everyone I’ve spoken to and everything I’ve read, it’s clear that over-protecting and coddling our kids is not doing these young people any favours. In...


07.30.17
How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Kid’s Summer
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Summer is winding down and we're soaking up the last little bit of it before we send the kids back to school and gear ourselves up for the new academic year. In the meantime, parents have the option to maximize the benefit of the last few weeks of summer by instilling into their kids some positive attitudes and skills. In this...


07.30.17
Helicopter Parents Prevent Their Kids From Developing Resilience
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Parents who over-protect their kids are obviously trying to do the best for them, but this prevents help these children from becoming resilient and bouncing back from disappointment, loss and adversity. Recently, I’ve come across a book that addresses resilience in children in a meaningful way. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building...


07.25.17
Helicopter Parents Need to Let Teachers Do Their Jobs
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Lately, I've been writing a lot about the epidemic of bubble-wrapped and over-protected children. What I've been saying is that when parents do too much for their children and deprive them of any consequences for their bad behaviour, these children grow up lacking the skills and attitudes necessary for success in all aspects of life. Sadly,...


06.26.17
Why Bubble-Wrapped Kids Grow Up Feeling as Overwhelmed as Abused Kids
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It seems like a lot of young people today feel helpless and overwhelmed. They're anxious and stressed and have little confidence in their ability to solve their own problems. In fact, they feel like victims in their lives. There are two types of childhood experiences that leave young people feeling this way: the experience of childhood...


06.26.17
Why Do So Many Young People Feel Powerless in Their Lives?
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The things that happen to us in childhood are responsible for many if not most of the attitudes, beliefs and expectations that we carry into our adult lives. If we received adequate nurturing, validation and protection from our parents (and the other important adults) in our childhood, we're more likely to grow up feeling confident,...


06.15.17
Parents, Don’t Raise the Next Generation of Incompetent Kids
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I've been thinking a lot lately about the consequences of helicopter parenting on young people currently graduating from college and university. From everything I've observed, everyone I've spoken to and everything I've read, it's clear that over-protecting and coddling our kids is not doing these young people any favours. In a...


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