Overprotecting Children

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 16, 2020 and last updated on July 19, 2023

The topic of overprotecting children is relevant and beneficial for English learners as it broadens their vocabulary and encourages critical thinking on parenting and child development. Exploring this topic enables learners to understand the concept of overprotection, its potential consequences and the importance of fostering independence in children. Engaging in discussions on overprotecting children promotes language fluency, persuasive argumentation and cultural understanding.

By examining different perspectives and sharing personal experiences, learners enhance their communication skills while gaining insights into the balance between safety and allowing children to navigate the world with confidence and resilience.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Overprotecting Children

Overprotecting children, a common parental instinct, involves excessive control and shielding from potential risks or dangers. This introduction delves into the topic of overprotecting children, highlighting both its perceived benefits and potential drawbacks. While intending to ensure children’s safety and well-being, overprotection may hinder their growth, independence and ability to manage risks.

Understanding the implications of overprotection equips parents and caregivers to make informed decisions, fostering children’s healthy development and preparedness for the future.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

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

Conversation Questions

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  • What does overprotecting children mean to you? Can you think of any examples?
  • What are some potential benefits of overprotecting children?
  • How do you think overprotection affects a child's development and independence?
  • How can overprotection impact a child's ability to problem-solve and make decisions?
  • Have you ever experienced overprotection from your parents or caregivers? How did it affect you?
  • In general, do you think children are more protected now than 50 years ago?
  • Is overprotection more common in certain cultures or societies?
  • Is overprotecting children a natural instinct or a result of societal pressures?
  • In what ways do parents like to protect their children?
  • At what point do you think protecting children is no longer beneficial?
  • What are some alternative approaches to parenting that promote independence and self-confidence in children?
  • 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?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.