The literature on overprotective parenting, meanwhile is not so supportive. In fact, it can produce all of the same outcomes that outright child abuse would. Overprotected children exhibit higher rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and frustration. They tend to struggle a lot more with adversity in life. They aren’t as happy and develop more psychological disorders.
Once again, Child Protective Services has demonstrated why they have a reputation for being the worlds most prolific child abusers. Studies show CPS interventions are more harmful than most cases of physical, sexual, or verbal abuse. (Being snatched from your home and separated from loved ones is a traumatizing experience even if the kidnappers are wearing state badges rather than ski masks.) In addition, a higher percentage of children are actually murdered and killed while in CPS custody than are killed in their natural homes. So for all the agency’s chest-thumping and various pet crusades, they do not actually do much of anything to protect kids. Even when abuse is legitimate, they only take difficult situations and make them worse. Their incompetence has been documented in 10’s of thousands of lawsuits and legal injunctions spanning more than a century. So the fact that this bureaucracy is now aiming their weapons at families who are arguably doing everything right is more than a little concerning.