'They won't be able to cope later on in life': Are you raising a resilient child?

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A resilient toddler is confident. Not overly anxious at times of separation. (Getty Images)
A resilient toddler is confident. Not overly anxious at times of separation. (Getty Images)

With the onset of social media and having to raise children in the age of information, today's parents are hyper-focused on their child's development, hyper-aware of whether their child has met (or exceeded) the designated milestones, and hyper anxious about how their child compares to others of the same age.

This has given rise to an all-new style of overinvolved parenting that sees parents either hovering over their child and/or guiding every step their child takes (otherwise known as helicopter parenting) or removing any literal or figurative difficulties or obstacles that could lie ahead to ensure a smooth path for their little one.

Parents who do the latter have been labelled "lawnmower parents".

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