What Are Lawnmower Parents (and Are You One of Them)?

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Christmas Holiday Special! In this episode 

What Are Lawnmower Parents (and Are You One of Them)?


I’m on BBC Radio talking about Lawnmower Parents!

We have a couple of ‘Don’t Stew, Ask Sue’ questions from my postbag – 

The Dangers of Creating Cotton Wool Kids and Your Child and Social Media Obsession

Plus … 

I am in conversation with Louise Mercieca, author of ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ – to listen to the full interview, please click on the link below: 

Expert Interview – Louise Mercieca

Connect with Louise





Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. ‘Dear Sue, my daughter keeps checking her Instagram & FB for ‘likes’ & she gets upset if her other friends have more. This strikes me as ridiculous - what can I do to help her as at the moment I just get angry as it all seems so superficial. ‘ David Archer from Atlanta

Dear David

This obsession is not for kids ?

Here is an article that you might find interesting: 

Parenting Blogger faces criticism for saying her son is statistically the least ‘liked’ of all 5 kids

Here are some tips for you: 

  • Discuss real friendship v superficial online
  • Chat about what real friends are, do, & behave eg they talk, listen and are there in real life to ‘do’ things with & like you no matter who you are & through thick & thin
  • Talk about that people only put up positive ideal lives so your daughter starts thinking ?about that !
  • Build her self esteem so she’s strong on the inside not just externally getting attention or reinforcement about who she is on the outside
Q. My wife is terrified of letting my kids tree-climb, pond-dip or make mud pies. I’m worried she is passing on a sterile scary world. What can I do? Rod Turner from New Addington in Surrey

Anxious parents are raising a generation of ‘cotton-wool kids’ who are denied the independence, experience and education that comes from exploring the outdoor world.

Here my questions for you to ‘Pause To Ponder’

  • What amount of time do your kids usually play outside?
  • Do you feel it’s enough?
  • How could you make a small change that would make a big difference, over time, if you found new ways to get your children out in the fresh air playing?
  • How do you feel about safety, freedom and allowing your children to play unsupervised?
  • How do you get a balance between keeping them safe and allowing them freedom to explore?
  • What are your concerns?
  • Are they rational?

Here is an article you might find useful

Cotton wool kids – so what’s making YOU paranoid?

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