Just asking

Dear Queenie,

  Why do women make so many limitations on what their children’s fathers can do with the children, like they can’t take the children to a party or visit a friend’s house or things like that or let them play outside alone.

  Queenie, if he’s not actually abusing the kid, what’s the harm?—Just asking

Dear Just asking,

  The women you describe may be “helicopter moms”. Or, they may have valid concerns about their children’s fathers’ parenting ability.

  Being too permissive could, in some circumstances, be just as dangerous for the child as actually being abusive – for example, not watching closely enough while a child, especially a little one, is playing in a swimming pool or riding a bicycle.