"Hi, Teacher. I'm sorry Jimmy didn't finish his report on time. He's been busy with football." Sound familiar? Shielding children from the negative consequences of their actions is one of the most common parenting mistakes. Once in a while (when it's truly necessary) is okay, but If you engage in this too often, you may end up with a kid who doesn't understand cause and effect.
What to do: A good mama bear knows her cub should learn that if he sticks his paw into a beehive, he'll get stung. Negative consequences are a part of learning, so make sure your child gets a taste.