When Parenting Styles are Harmful

“Snowplow Parenting” (or Lawnmower Parenting) is when you clear every single obstacle out of your kid’s way to guarantee their success, which results in your child growing up without learning how to problem-solve or deal with life’s normal challenges:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/style/snowplow-parenting-scandal.html

Note: I also see the opposite regularly in my practice: parents who allow their teen to make all their own decisions with no guidance, often not realizing their kid is underwater and needing help. I’ll post more about this problem at a later date.

Amelia Sauter