The Boston Globe
May 13, 2016
I’ll admit it: I’m in danger of becoming a helicopter parent.
After reading Julie Lythcott-Haims book, “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success,” I realized that many of my actions could be setting up my children for difficulty in years to come.
Parenting, she writes, has come to be as much about us as our kids. “We’re so afraid of getting it wrong that we overdo it to try to get it right.” From this mentality springs helicopter parenting.
We hover around children during play dates, follow them around the playground so they don’t get hurt, and carry their backpacks as we escort them into school. We select their activities, and a few of us intervene on their behalf with teachers or coaches.
All of this handholding sends the message that our kids can’t do this without us.
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