Overprotected Children Would Have More Difficulty Controlling Their Emotions – Study Shows

Swiss researchers conducted an international survey of 422 children. These children, whose ages range from two to ten years, were followed by teachers and researchers for eight years.

What was this study?

This study consisted in comparing the behavior of the children when they are always under the supervision of the parents and the opposite case.

Scientists collected data from their own observations of child-parent interactions during time spent playing at home.

They also took into account the observations of the teachers and the children themselves.

During their study, researchers found that when parents overprotected their children at the age of two, it was difficult for parents to manage their feelings and emotions at the age of five.

The researchers also came to a very surprising conclusion. According to their research, when a child showed a better emotional balance at age 5, he was more likely to have better social skills and increased productivity by the age of 10.


In addition, children with better impulse control were also less likely to experience emotional and social difficulties and were more likely to have good grades at age 10.

“The helicopter parenting behaviors we saw included parents constantly telling their children what and how to play, how to tidy up after playing, parents who were too strict or demanding,” said lead author Nicole B Perry.

“Our research has shown that children from helicopter parents may be less able to cope with the challenges of growth, especially in a complex environment such as school. Children who can not regulate their emotions and behavior are more likely to behave badly in class, to have more trouble making friends … “explained Professor Perry. The latter said that “children react in different ways. Some became suspicious, others indifferent while some showed some frustration.

What you must remember…

Children must learn to live their own experience by trying to manage their emotions without the help of parents.

If a parent is overprotective, he limits his child’s opportunities to develop his abilities.


Written by How Africa

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