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When Should Parents Butt Out?

Air Date: 05/14/13 After years of time, money, and commitment to children there is a time to ultimately butt out of their children's affairs. While parents may do a lot in the name of loving and protecting their children, a wise parent knows when to allow a child the opportunity to learn from their own decisions. When we as parents over-function, children under-function. Parents almost always believe their helping, but children often know when this isn't so. A good suggestion is to listen well and ask questions. Become a patient listener and try to be more involved in what your child is thinking and feeling instead of what you're thinking and feeling. When you can butt out at the right moment your child can develop confidence and self respect. Hear more on this week's edition of Parenting with Cheryl Erwine.