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Helicopter Parents

How To Manage Your Anxiety About Your Kids

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Anxiety is like a bell curve, peaking and decreasing over a matter of minutes, but people don't realize this, because they usually don't stay in anxiety-provoking situations long enough to see that eventually, their anxiety will go down.

Free-Range Parenting: Easier Said Than Done, But Worth the Effort

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

The goals of a free-range parent are the same as those of most parents: to raise their kids to cope successfully with life, and if possible, be outrageously happy. Humans have been debating how to get your kid to be a successful adult since we began to speak. For free-range parents, the answer is autonomy and responsibility -- early and often.

Helicopter Parenting by the Governor of California

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.16.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

While the intent of 'Yes Means Yes' is admirable -- and certainly more communication about and around sex is not a bad thing -- government seeking to regulate sex, or any other act, on such a micro level is a symptom of a culture marked by extreme over-parenting -- and it is dangerously enabling.

Let Kids Find Their Own Jobs

Bridie Clark Loverro | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Bridie Clark Loverro

I will not try to hook my kids up with job opportunities when they hit their teenage years. I won't pick up that Gap application for them. I certainly won't pick up the phone. I'll force myself to let them try on their own.

Parents Are Moving To The Same Towns Where Their Kids Go To College

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 12.24.2014 | College

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure's sake once the...

Mistakes I'd Make All Over Again

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

What to tell, what not to tell -- how much do I need to confess about the escapades of my former adolescent self?

It's Time to Let Parents Be Parents And Kids Be Kids

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rosenberg

The job of a parent isn't to solely keep their child safe; It's to teach them to be ready to live in the world.

The Myth of Unconditional Love and The Case for the 1950s Housewife

Catherine Zinger | Posted 12.07.2014 | Weddings
Catherine Zinger

What if being an "evolved" version of the 1950s housewife is by choice? When someone willingly assumes the role of pleasing one's man as her daily modus operandi, does that make her subservient or just plain wise?

Parents -- What About You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

She was beginning to see that the problem was not so much not being cared about by her family, but not caring about herself. She could begin to see that how her family treated her was a mirror for how she was treating herself.

Do You Want To Go Jail? Let Your Kids Play Outside

Toni Nagy | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Of course we need to protect our children, but that also means helping them learn how to protect themselves. A generation of kids who has never once felt the autonomy of making their own decisions will potentially grow up to be a generation of very insecure adults.

Overbearing, Snowplough Parents Have Replaced Helicopter Parents

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

Regardless of awareness or cluelessness, the fact is that for some young adults, the level of constant monitoring from parents is frustrating, wearisome and in some cases, exhausting.

For My Children's Sake, I'm Learning To Let Go

Stacey Hatton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Stacey Hatton

The true success of our vacation was that I let my anxiety go and let my daughters experience new things. Watching their freedom is the best feeling I've had as a mother so far.

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

I never set out to become a poster girl for helicopter parenting. In fact, I despise the term, and would much rather be called a protective parent. Somewhere along the line, though, cautious parents like me became misunderstood, even maligned, in the media.

Why Do So Many Youths Today End Up Struggling in Life?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

We parents, along with our schools, are providing our youth with the weakest preparation for life that I've ever seen.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

Colleges Are Offering Freshman Orientations For Parents

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Colleges across the U.S. have put a new spin on "take your child to work day," or in this case, "take your parent to school day." By flipping the ...

A Counter-Intuitive Test to Guide Us as We Prepare Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Our job as teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents is to care deeply for the kids growing up on our watch.

3 Ways to Prepare for an Empty Coop

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Unless you plan to move into the dorm with them, it's going to help if you anticipate letting go. You can start when they are young. It just takes practice!

Why I Still Use A Baby Monitor For My Big Kid

Michelle Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Michelle Longo

He's only 7. It's not like he's 10. That would be excessive. I'll turn it off by 10. Twelve at the latest.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Your Child's Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.

Why Helicopter Parenting Can Actually Be A Good Thing

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

You've heard the critiques of so-called "helicopter parents" who can't stay away from their kids, smothering them with so much love and attention that they never develop self-reliance. Narcissistic, dependent, and unable to strike out on their own, your over-loved children expect everyone to wait on them hand and foot.

7 Things You Should Never Ever Do For Your Older Kids

Shelley Emling | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Although it's not always easy to walk away when your doe-eyed child is pleading with you to do something for him or her, helicopter parenting is just not a good thing. You may not want to see your kid fail. But adversity is part of life and the only way to teach our children coping skills is to make them do things for themselves.

Who's Really at Fault for the Apathy of Millenials?

Carole Montgomery | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
Carole Montgomery

We were so horrified by our own upbringing we did a 360 turn and became our kids' friends. And that's millennials in a nutshell.

I Am a Nothing Mom

Karen Paperno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Karen Paperno

I am the guardian of my children's souls, and I have been fighting against the system for years to no avail. The only way I can effectively fight is by opting out. No afterschool activities. No SAT testing. No sad Kumon. No tutoring. No "checking" their homework.