Home > Mom's Life > Mom's Corner > Being a Good Mom > 9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

7 of 10
Three girls laying in grass laughing

Micromanaging Her Friendships


Although at times we'd love to, we can't pick and choose who our children are friends with. The process of establishing and keeping friendships holds many life lessons (and joys) for a child, and will help shape her self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

Some friendships will be positive and some will be negative — and that's normal. Instead of shielding your child from experiencing the pitfalls, or even the end of a friendship, talk to her about how she feels about certain friends and why, and express the values you look for in your own friendships. It's a normal part of life and will teach her a lot about herself, and which qualities she values in others.

Next: Over-Scheduling

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Top 10 Free Homework Help Websites
Is helping your child with homework more frustrating and confusing than ever before, thanks to the new Common Core standards? Check out the best free homework help websites to boost kids' success in math, science, English, and more.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

11 Fantastic Fall Apple Desserts
Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple dessert baking in the oven. Use up your family's surplus of apples with our 11 favorite apple dessert recipes.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!