“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank
As adults we all are able to remember the care, attention and fussing our parents lavished on us as we were growing up. At times as children we viewed their concerns as an interference on our freedoms. Other times their intervention was necessary to ensure our personal health and safety.
Reflecting back on those halcyon days when we were the apple of our parents caring eyes helps us to remember that a parent’s love for us never ends and that they are still people we can count on to help us through difficult times of stress, pain and personal grief. We secretly miss that protected and innocent time in our busy adult lives.
When we mature, leave home and have our own children and familial concerns we realize that we are now stepping into our parents shoes as caretakers responible for our own family unit. Then we finally realize the many difficulties our parents faced when we were growing up. It is a personal epiphany in which we realize all the sacrifices they made for us.Those were the days.
In our new parental role we as parents must also realize that too much intervention into our youngsters lives can affect them negatively and retard their personal growth process. Mother love can morph into a situation of smother love. There is a definitive line between too much caring and not enough. It is a decision each parent must make for themselves.
The woman in the photo above stood at that very spot the entire morning until the infant’s sister left the school from her morning session. It was a sunny autumn morning and this mother apparently believed she must remain at her designated spot should her services be required.
This behavior continued during the first week of the new school year. The warm sunny weather enabled the nanny to watch over her two charges.
Sometimes too much of a good thing is really not required.