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How do I keep my child safe without being overprotective?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
An approach to safety is to always keep your child within reach, not by the apron strings, but by a visual leash. That means you're always keeping an eye on your child, even when you're encouraging exploration and some reasonable amount of risk taking. You're there when she needs you and can monitor situations so that they don't become too risky; at the same time, you're also giving her room to breathe and to develop a sense of independence and self-reliance. If you hover over her every move and don't let her try new things, she'll never attain the sense of mastery that is the basis for healthy self-esteem.
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