When are we disabling our kids by making decisions for them?

In my printing business, I meet all kinds of people. Today, a teenage girl walked in with her mother, wanting to print a school project. The mother wouldn’t let her daughter talk or even listen to what she could barely express. The girl was annoyed, but resigned. The mother was more concerned about the school project than her daughter.

Is the mother imposing her fears on her daughter because she is trying to realize her dreams through her or protect her from “unwanted” outcomes? By being so protective, isn’t the mother disabling her daughter from learning how to make good decisions on her own? Aren’t we parents there to teach kids how to make good decision on their own, instead of making decisions for them?


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