Can we ever be too protective of our children?

A mother’s love and protection for her child is instinctual, and aggressive when necessary. I cannot speak for men, but I’m sure it’s almost the same. That being said, the female gender does have a reputation for being a bit more neurotic when it comes to the safety of their sons or daughters.

I remember when our son was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) right after he was born, and I said to my husband, “If anything happens to him, you do realise that I will kill myself?” I know this sounds drastic, but I really meant it. I did not know how I would be able to go on without him, even though I’d only known the wee one for nine days!

If I’m being completely honest with myself, that neurosis started the day I found out I was pregnant. I used to say to my husband, “If you ever have to choose between the baby and me, save the baby.” He never understood me, but this all changed the moment he came into the world! When it comes to keeping the little chap out of danger, I trust my big chap implicitly. Realistically, both of us are completely responsible for keeping him safe. It’s easy to say that now, of course, while he is unable to walk (the baby that is), but how will we manage when he becomes more mobile? What about when he starts school, or when he goes partying as a teenager?

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kimesha Posted by: kimesha December 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm