Have you ever been called an over protective parent an if so why? Do you agree? I find it interesting as i have been looking through certain threads both recent and old and it amuses me that the ones screaming neglect and call ss in a randomers situation are the first ones to make out posters they know are overprotective...
I've fallen on the overprotective side of the fence on occasion - at softplay I was "spotting" my child far longer than other people did, clambering up the bleedin' ramps behind him right up to gone 3.
I've had one or two friends raise eyebrows at me or say loftily that their child "just gets on with it" and their children, in fairness do seem more steady and independent, but I'm only ever working on the basis that DS1 in particular could bash his head walking through a perfectly normal open door, and I'm just keen on damage limitation. I'd rather do it and look like a nob then not do it and have him hurt himself.
I'm what other people might call overprotective and I don't care. I'd rather be over protective than not protective enough. I think some people are so laid back with their kids that they border on neglectful.
Here here to everything so far. I can be a little overprotective and I justify it because my DS has gone through so much medically, still has loads more to endure and is lucky to be alive. However I think I'd be just as protective of a perfectly healthy child as like Tewkespeggy says, kids are a gift and we should treasure them as such
I would say I'm overprotective compared to most. For example lots of kids ride scooters to DC's school along narrow pavements next top a busy road, sometimes the young ones (younger brothers & sisters I mean) scoot really far ahead & of out of sight of the parents whereas I've only just started letting DS ride a scooter at all, he's 6. Is that overprotective?!
Bumsnetter DS1s been on a two wheeler scooter for at least a year (he's 4 now) on pavements whilst I jog behind with the buggy, so I've taken a different view on that one... but kids are different.
In general... hoists bosom I think that just because kids "can" do something doesn't mean they should, as a parent sometimes you have to take a view on it, it might not be the same view as someone else and it will depend on what you know your kid is or is not capable of.