There are oh so many books, articles and schools of thought on how your parenting style affects your kids and how they grow up. But what about how parenting styles can affect your health? You may not realize it, but how you parent your kids can have an impact on you too.

Wanting to protect your kid is a natural instinct, but when you go above and beyond to keep your kids in a protective bubble it can be doing more harm than good… for you. According to Amy Morin, LCSW, a psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do helicopter parents are the ones who want to “rescue their kids.” As Morin explained to Parents, “If they forget their soccer cleats at home or don’t finish their homework, mom or dad will do it for them.” All of that extra hovering and helping can take a toll on parents.

Constantly worrying about your kids and feeling pressured to fix every problem that comes along can lead to stress and anxiety in parents. Of course, every parent feels stressed and worried about their kids at some point, but being in that state all of the time can lead to more serious emotional and physical issues, like depression, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems.

So what can you do? Try taking a step back and breathing for a moment instead of following that instinct to swoop in. Morin suggests using that time to think back on your own childhood and remember that you survived and thrived those scraped knees and missed soccer goals.

How has your parenting style affected your own well-being? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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