Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Fear should be our base in parenting. It will take us down. Trust in the Lord would make us to be confident parents. Jesus told his disciples that in this world they would experience troubles but He promised that He would be with them in the midst of these trials.
The over protecting parent bases most if not all of their parenting decisions on Fear and Insecurity. Fear and worry is the motivator and basis for this parents action.
Parents who are overprotective are excessively worried about their children for the smallest issues such as them being hurt while playing or them being sick when caught in a light rain. They convey unrealistic expectations to their children by their over reaction which is out of proportion to the actual situation.
These parents are living out their own fear through their children's life. These parents need to realise from the time of birth the child is on a path to independence. This is how children grow and mature. The children must learn the skill of independent decision making and problem solving.
Ask your kids what are some things that they wanted to do that you stopped them from doing because of the reasons of your fear.
Discuss with your spouse as well and make those changes.
Today you join with them or allow them to do one of the things that you were holding them back from doing because of your fear.