Over on the Creating a Family Facebook page and Twitter page we have a question of the day. A couple of weeks ago, we asked the following question: “As a parent after fertility treatment or adoption, do you think you are more over-protective than other parents?
I thought for sure that most people would say that they were not more over-protective because that is not something that I thought people would readily admit. Boy, was I surprised. Of the people who responded on Facebook and Twitter, all but one said that they were more over-protective than their fertile friends.
How Much “Protection” is Good
I think the reason I was surprised by people freely owning up to being overprotective is that it seems clear to me that being overprotective is not good for our kids. While it is possible that the commenters were just being exceptionally honest, it is probably more likely that in addition to being honest, they also don’t perceive being overprotective as a bad thing.