Helicopter Parenting May Cause Problems for Kids (a Must Read)! by Donna John

Parenting Teens
7 years ago

Helicopter Parenting May Cause Problems for Kids (a Must Read)!

Protecting and shielding our children from life (also known as helicopter parenting) may actually cause problems for kids. A study published in Emerging Adulthood found that low self-worth and engaging in risky behaviors like binge drinking and smoking may be an effect of helicopter parenting. 

"Overall, stepping in and doing for a child what the child developmentally should be doing for him or herself, is negative," said Larry Nelson, professor of family life at Brigham Young University

What do you think?

Elisa Schmitz
OMG, yes yes yes! I see so much helicopter parenting, and kids who are seemingly helpless because of it. It's fostering a culture of co-dependence that is bound to be harmful as these kids try to manage their own lives. Thakns for shedding light, Donna John!
Donna John
I agree, @elisa. Some parents just need to take a step back sometimes.
Barb Desmarais
I agree. It sends a very clear message of "You're not capable of doing this by yourself " which produces a very low sense of personal worth and a belief that they are incompetant. That kind of programming can have very negative consquences.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for weighing in, Barb Desmarais, your insights mean so much! I hope this info helps some parents realize they're hurting more than they're helping (despite good intentions).
Mike Prochaska
Yes I hate helicopter parents and then they try to helicopter my kids at the park. Yes
I know what my kid doing and yes I am allowing them to climb up the slide or play in the puddle or mud. My buddy makes helicopter noises when they come around him to make them go away

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