Underprotection and overprotection. Children fall victim to both. There are so many children around us -- so many in the school where Diane teaches -- who have little shelter (I mean this figuratively, but last year she had two children who were at various times homeless), little protection. No one there to assure them that they'll be taken care of. No one making sure homework gets done, making sure meals are balanced (as balanced as kids will eat!), making sure that they're safe. But there is also that other challenge that parents have: not to be overprotective. I see it all the time. Families where the children are filled with a sense of entitlement and infallibility. If they aren't selected for the all-star team, then ALL THE COACHES HAD IT OUT FOR THEM. Unfair! If they didn't receive the best grade in the class, THEN THE TEACHER IS INEPT. These are the families where decisions are always made by the children. A good prayer for parents would be: Lord, help us to be protective, but not overprotective, just as we have learned from you, our Father.