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Let your child do some shoveling

Many of us know about “Helicopter Parents” hovering over their children with excessive attention, but the latest evolution of the overly-intrusive parent is the “Snow Plow Parent.”

These parents clear all obstacles in their child’s path, eliminating any difficulties.

As I was shoveling snow over the past few weeks, I started thinking about this new term that is increasingly appropriate for too many parents of the current young generation.

We all hate to see our children struggle, or worse, fail. It is a natural instinct to step in and “make it all better.” However, we are not only clearing obstacles, we are also eliminating valuable learning opportunities.

Children learn by “doing.” We warn our little ones of hurtful situations, but it is often through such encounters that they learn the most.

It is unfortunate that they have these experiences, but these learning opportunities protect them, and in the long run, protect them more than the warnings.

Struggling through obstacles is a valuable learning experience.

By working through challenges, children develop an important foundation for becoming confident adults, accepting challenges and persevering through obstacles.

Children are developing critical thinking skills, learning how to access situations, and implementing problem solving techniques.

This allows them to experience one of the best feelings of all: SUCCESS!

Deb Secchia is the Director at Circle of Friends Preschool and Enrichment Programs in Newtown. She has been involved with child development and early childhood education for over 30 years.