There’s a very thin line between protective & over-protective. While being protective is good, it is fairly easy to to slip into te over-protective zone.
But why is the over-protective zone bad?
When you’re over-protective you try to avert any and every risk, even the smallest ones. In doing that, you prevent that person from facing that situation, learning from it, and getting strong themselves.
By being over-protective you deny them the opportunity to build the ability & strength to protect themselves.
Let’s be real. You can’t always be around them. They need to be strong enough themselves to get through any & every situation. Being over-protective does them a disservice.
Stay protective, but stay away from getting over-protective.