In her new book Untamed, she describes how parents receive a ‘terrible memo’ from society as soon as our kids are born.
This memo says that our kids are our saviours and parenting them is akin to a religion. We must give them every opportunity possible and most importantly, we must never allow anything difficult to happen to them.
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According to Glennon, not only does this disastrous memo make us parents feel exhausted, neurotic and guilty; but it is also the reason why our kids suck.
The reason our kids suck, she says, is because we no longer allow our children to learn how to lose, or to struggle, or to be rejected.
We wrap them up tight to shield them from harm but all we are actually doing, she says, is overparenting and under-protecting them from the real world.
According to Glennon and the memo, parent is no longer just a noun but a verb and something we have to do ceaselessly.
“Think of the verb parent as synonymous with protect, shield, hover, deflect, fix, plan and obsess,” she says.
“Parenting will require all of you: please parent with your mind, body, and soul.”