And that is part of the problem
Too many parents these days are obsessed with their children. It may be just some of the parents that I see on a daily basis, but I sense that it's happening more and more in other parts of life as well. In order to raise their children, parents do not need to lose themselves; it is possible to be a parent and still be an individual. Many parents seem to be either trying to live through their kids or to protect them to the extent that "raising a child" equates to "protecting and doing everything" for said child.