The reasons why so many parents want to keep their children on a VERY TIGHT leash may include:
1) They are overconfident about themselves. They think they know EVERYTHING about what is good and what is bad for their children.
2) They believe that tight leash is good for their children all the time, but it is not true. The environment when the parents were young is completely different, but they want to guide their children with their own experience that is out of date. As parents, we all need to learn how to help our children, our precious gifts from God.
3) They don’t have faith in God who plants good seeds in every one of us even before we are born. We all want to be good in every way of our lives. Even a little baby has a tendency to perform well in front of people as soon as he can understand things around him. What we, as parents, need to do is to provide all the support for them to grow and develop their unique personalities. If most of the time, you say “No” to what they want to do, you may kill their creativity or seriously limit their potential.
Very tight leash is not good, but adequate discipline is necessary. Being good and successful parents is not a science but an art. It requires patience and flexibility.