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My new parenting style is called ‘backing off’


by Amy Lynch
25th Sep 2022

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It’s hard not to dive in and rescue our kids when we think they need it or when it might be easier and quicker to get involved. Or when we want to stop them potentially hurting themselves. But where’s the line? As her daughter becomes a teen, Amy Lynch is trying to find it.

Sorry to keep you, but I’m just in the middle of a texting marathon with my 13-year-old. She wants to get the bus by herself. Did I top up her leap card? Can I check the timetable? What if it rains? What will she do if she gets off at the wrong stop? My 12-year-old wants to go with his pals to the basketball courts on his new bike that’s a little big for him. ...

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