Among today’s parents of children and teens, there is a growing feeling that we were blindsided by the onslaught of digital devices over the past several years. With all of the amazing things these devices can do and their many applications, we didn’t think twice about sharing these miracles with our children.
It is estimated that 50% of youth sports injuries are caused by excess stress on the body. Unlike traumatic injury and strain/sprain injury, which is only partially preventable, an overuse injury that leads to disability is 100% preventable. Losing the ability to play a sport can have a devastating impact on a kid’s character, mental wellness, social life, academic achievement, interpersonal relationships, exercise, and physical wellness, etc.
You may have heard the term “Helicopter Parent” before. Helicopter parenting is defined as a style of parenting in which an overprotective parent discourages a child’s independence by being too involved in their child’s life.
As parents, we want the best for our children and we try to do everything to protect them; we apply sunblock so they don’t get sunburned, we hold their hands while crossing the street, we make them wear a helmet while riding a bike, and immunize them against diseases. Why would we not protect their sight? If screenings are ignored and poor vision is not corrected, your child’s vision is at risk.
Fortunately, most kids will grow and develop normally without special assistance, but what about those situations where things aren’t going according to plan. Many parents come to me with questions about how to find help and what resources are available.