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Parents teach this behaviour. They teach their children that by feigning inability they can get things done for them. Sadly, after enough time the question arises as to whether these children are feigning inability or actually lack the tools to accomplish the tasks being asked of them.
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"Throw the damn books out the window and tune into your children. You can fix it."
Overparenting, over-managing, over-involved. This is how we would describe our generation of parents. It comes from a good place of course -- we love them and want to protect them. We want them to be the best in whatever they undertake. But what are we really protecting them from?
Some children fear the water, but children are not born with fears. In my opinion, fears are developed when a child's healthy and natural reluctance is responded to by an over-reacting, well-intentioned parent.