Nov. 30, 2021

Our Biggest Parenting Fears

Our Biggest Parenting Fears

When you’re a parent, “head worrier” is a big part of the job description. While sometimes it would be tempting to just bubble wrap our kids until college, in this episode we discuss how to face- and manage- some of the most common parenting fears.

The list of typical parenting fears is longer than a CVS receipt, and for us, researching this episode didn’t exactly make that list shorter. Turns out there are big picture, hypothetical fears, most common before the baby actually arrives; there are societally imposed, nightly-news sort of fears; and for most of us, a few more “I know this sounds crazy but” fears, which we have made up all on our own. 

It’s hard not to want to bubble wrap our kids until college… but since there are probably some negative side effects to that as well, in this episode we discuss how to manage our relationships with some of the most common parenting fears.

Here are links to some writing on the topic that we discuss in this episode:

Connie Mattiessen for BabyCenter: Top 5 parenting fears and what you can do about them

Paul Donahue: Parenting Without Fear: Letting Go of Worry and Focusing on What Really Matters

Dr. Minne Fekkes et al: Effects of Antibullying School Program on Bullying and Health Complaints

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