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Lockdown made us more controlling as parents. Is it time to back off a bit?

As restrictions ease, the experts offer some ground rules so that parents can safely allow their children more freedom and independence

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Children are eager to explore the world — which can make parents nervous. Photo: Deposit

Children are eager to explore the world — which can make parents nervous. Photo: Deposit

Psychotherapist Stella O'Malley

Psychotherapist Stella O'Malley

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Children are eager to explore the world — which can make parents nervous. Photo: Deposit

A combination of the better weather and the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions means that, as parents, we are watching our kids finally explore their new-found freedom, something we’ve spent many dark winter months dreaming about.

But as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Having spent lockdown wishing that my seven-year-old son could spend more time playing outside, now that time has come and it’s very much a mixed blessing.


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