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KMBZ: 'Snowplow parents' can do more harm than good overprotecting their kids

It's the latest buzz phrase in parenting - 'snowplow parents' who go out of their way to make their kid's lives easy - too easy - and push all adversity and problems out of their way.

But how healthy is that for young children and teens?

These parents take 'helicopter parenting' to the next level, says Dr. Christina Low Kapalu, child psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospital.

"They think about their child's future and remove anything like pain or hardships that would get in their child's way of being successful," Low Kapalu said.

She suggests parents take a few steps back and allow their kids to face adversity.

Taking time off of social media and letting a child live and learn may be hard, but your kids will thank you, and you'll thank yourself some day, says Low Kapalu.


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Learn more about Developmental and Behavioral Health at Children's Mercy