We have been conditioned to over-supervise our children, fears of kidnapping, bullying and various hazards that our vulnerable children face. Sometimes the hardest thing a parent can do is sit back and watch rather than intervene, but that may be just what your children need in order to develop their self-confidence.
At home in the U.S., I usually don’t let my five-year-old son out of eyesight-at least not for very long. But a recent trip to Sweden made me rethink all of that. I’ve never been a helicopter parent, but traveling to another country with a slightly different parenting style made me realize that my son needs more time alone.