hov·er·cod·dle [huhv-er kod-l]]
verb (used with object), hovercod·dled, hovercod·dling.
- to intrude upon a child's space and stifle their developing a capacity for independent thinking, thinking on their feet and problem solving
- to baby a child that is not a baby and to bail them out from having to take responsibility for and face the consequences of their actions
Something to keep in mind is that at the same exact moment you hovercoddle your child, there are probably at least ten million children their same age dealing with a situation on their own and/or facing the consequences of their actions and becoming stronger, more resourceful and learning from it to become more independent and self-reliant. And twenty years from now that child will be your child's boss and they are not going to hover (unless they're a micromanager - the topic of another blog) nor bail your child out. Instead they will fire them.