Hello, my name is Everymom and I’m a compulsive paranoiac—always terrified something will happen to my kids.
Parents naturally want to protect their children from harm—a good instinct that turns toxic when it interferes with the children’s growing up. Many parents are effectively addicted to overprotection and paranoia, constantly hovering over their kids and screaming, “Stop, that’s dangerous!!” whenever Junior reaches for a next-level challenge.
I offer you twelve principles—a nod to the classic Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous—for breaking the paranoid-parent habit.