Overprotective parenting

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on the effects that being overly protective of your children can have on them
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Overprotective parenting

Some parents feel like they are too over protective. We live in a fear-based society. Statistics show that crime is actually down, but if we watch the media, we don't see that. We see all the things to be afraid of. Now, bad things do happen. When they do, it's a tragedy. But being over protective is a problem also. Our children need to be competent. They need to feel like they can go out in the world and explore. How can you, as a parent, let them be their individual self and explore, also not have to be so worried all of the time. You have to do their due diligence. If you are going to send them off to someone's house for the night for a sleepover, talk to the parents. Meet the parents. Find out who is going to be at home. Tell your children that no matter what time it is, they can call you. Anytime of day or night, you'll come and pick them up. Give your child a chance to walk to their friends house. Maybe you are somewhere behind watching them, but really build your confidence as they build their confidence. I know that I've been over protective, but I also have learned how to manage my own anxiety, so my kids can grow up in the world and become strong, resilient adults.

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on the effects that being overly protective of your children can have on them


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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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