Are You a Helicopter Parent?

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Several years ago when I worked at a college counseling center, I remember being surprised by the over-involvement of some students’ parents. A “helicopter parent” refers to a parent who hovers over his or her child, not allowing the child to grow and develop as he should. Examples might include the parent calling several times per day, involving herself in the child’s relationships, etc. If you do any research on helicopter parents, you will read stories of parents who accompany their (grown!) children to job interviews. Yes, seriously.

New research indicates that yes, in fact, helicopter parenting is not helpful for your child as it relates to mental health. We might have already guessed that, but nothing like some good research to confirm it! Read more here.

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