The Learning Spotlight
Blame My Helicopter Parents
By John Grubbs
For too many Generation Yers, parents have micromanaged every part of their lives. Having Mom or Dad hover over them, then rush in and “save the day” every time a child encounters stress is probably normal in today’s culture. While in reality, “helicopter parenting,” can range from scheduling a play date for a four year old to writing college admissions essays in the hopes the child gets into the best college. According to wiki.answers.com, a
helicopter parent is a term for a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children, particularly at educational institutions. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes. They are so named because, like a helicopter, they hover closely overhead, rarely out of reach whether their children need them or not.
Even worse, some helicopter parents continue to
hover over their children...
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