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Overprotecting Children


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Protecting our children is something every parent thinks about. It is natural to want to protect children from danger, however, it is also the responsibility of the parent to prepare their children for life as an adult. It can be argued that if we protect our children too much then we are actually harming them as we are preventing them from preparing for life as an adult.


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  • protection (noun)
  • protect (verb)
  • overprotect (verb)
  • danger (noun)
  • harmful (adjective)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • responsibility (noun)
  • prevent (verb)

The Question

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Can over protecting children harm them in the long term?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Overprotecting Children
  • In general, do you think children are more protected now than 50 years ago?
  • In what ways do parents like to protect their children?
  • At what point do you think protecting children is no longer beneficial?
  • Do you think the government or society as whole should help ensure children are not overprotected to the point where it is harmful to them?

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