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3 Scientific Ways Helicopter Parenting Makes You Miserable (and What to Do Instead)

Lantern | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents

There are so many modern parenting guides for raising successful (and intelligent, moral, creative, vegan, eco-friendly, bilingual, and musical) children, that trying to navigate the child-care section at the bookstore--let alone parenting itself--can be confusing.

Growing Young Adults: What Parents Need to Know About Your Children at College

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 09.30.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Of course, we all like to think that it is the sons and daughters of others who experiment or do foolish things. Remember, too, that you did not share everything with your parents.

Parody Video Pokes Fun At Parents' 'Helicopter' Tendencies

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents

The Holderness family is back with another parody video, this time paying tribute to a well-known parental archetype: "The Helicopter Parent...

The Real Reason Why This Mom Hates Homework

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Joy Page Manuel

I hate homework because it brings out that side of me I swore I'd never be as a parent. It brings out nothing but ambivalence in me as I do the dance of balancing involvement or support with trying to teach my child accountability, autonomy and self-discipline while still have him excel in all that he does.

Control Detox

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Christine Nasserghodsi

I've learned that my role as a parent is changing. At work, I keep in mind the advice, "Know when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way." This proves much harder and much more impactful in parenting.

8 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Brent Almond | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Brent Almond

Preparing your kid (and by "your kid," I mean you) for their first day of REAL SCHOOL is easier than you think. Just follow these few simple suggestions and everything will be absolutely, positively, one hundred percent perfect.

Hauling the Kids to College: Queen Bees and Worker Bees

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Here's a salute to those moms whose knees are popping the day after and to those dads whose backs are aching today, who come back just a little bit lighter than when they left. (Lighter not necessarily from dropping weight from the physical labor, but because of a much lighter wallet.)

The Baby & the Butterfly: How Struggles Help Your Child Grow

Signe Whitson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Babies enter into the world utterly dependent on their caregivers. The art of good parenting comes in knowing when to help our children grow strong by letting them struggle on their own. The story of The Man and the Butterfly demonstrates the importance of helping wisely:

7 Ways America Needs to Be More Like Germany

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 07.28.2015 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

In Germany there are bakeries on practically every corner. I lived in Stuttgart, a pretty big city in the south of Germany where I could see three bakeries just by looking out the window and swiveling my head slightly.

Helicopter Parents, It's Up to You to Let Go Now as Your Teens Get Ready For High School

Dorothy O'Keefe Diana | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dorothy O'Keefe Diana

Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.

Helicopter Parenting Is A Trap. It's Time To Break Free

Julie Lythcott-Haims | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Julie Lythcott-Haims

Why did parenting change from preparing our kids for life to protecting them from life, which means they're not prepared to live life on their own? And why do these problems I'm writing about seem rooted in the middle and upper middle classes?

Helicopter Parents, Prepare For Landing

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science

Parents want their kids to be safe and protected -- but trying to shield a child from all of life's challenges can come at a cost. Psychologists h...

6 Job Tips for Recent Graduates: A Millennial's Guide to That First Post-Grad Job

Jill Jacinto | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Jill Jacinto

You might have taken Psych 101 but chances are you never took a class on how to get a job or what to do when you scored your dream gig.

7 Ridiculous Park Rules I Don't Make My Kids Follow

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

There are certain things that belong to just me: My cell phone. My wallet. My underwear. I'm not sharing these things with random people I meet at the park. Why should I force my children to share their prized possessions with kids they just met?

New Study Says A Working Mom Is A Plus for Kids

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The findings don't surprise me. If parents are role models, then these are the sort of effects you would expect to see in the children of parents who work.

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.

When Porn Enters the Classroom: The Student, the Professor, and the Helicopter

Dana Smith | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Dana Smith

So, to the young woman who finds herself in this moral dilemma of shall I or shall I not, I say unto you, "just don't." If your grade is impacted - all will be well. You'll find that in life you will experience many more situations that will require you to abstain, even at the risk of some negative consequence.

Why Parental Praise Doesn't Create Narcissists -- and What Does

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Dr. Craig Malkin

Go ahead and tell your kids they're special as much as you like. Celebrate their accomplishments and let them see the proud gleam in your eyes, but make sure they know you adore them for who they are, regardless of whether or not they win or succeed.

A Tale of Two Cities: Free Range in Silver Spring Versus Supervision in Baltimore

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

The debate in the media and around the kitchen table continues to gain momentum. Is free range parenting good or bad for children?

Learning To Pop The Bubble

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

When I was a child, we played outside for hours without any adult supervision. My mom checked on us and gave us lunch while she was inside "getting things done." We spent hours using our imaginations and making our own decisions.

Who Really Wants to Have Children?

Chris Peak | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Chris Peak

We've regressed as parents, with your all-comsuming worry about medals and gold stickers on notebooks, or my God, we can't have Valentine's Day unless everyone receives a valentine from somebody.

10 Photos From The '70s And '80s That Would Get Parents In Trouble Today

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

When Mommy Shorts creator Ilana Wiles interviewed her mom about raising kids in the '70s and '80s, she learned just how different parenting looked mer...

Forget Annoying Helicopter Parents. Helicopter Kids Are Way Worse

Seth Menachem | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Seth Menachem

My kids are well liked by their peers. They're socially adept and smart. But when given the choice of chasing a kid up a hill, or sitting with my wife and me on a park bench, they choose us. Even when their friends are begging them to play. They might occasionally run off with another kid for a few minutes, but they're not gone for long.

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

36 Ways You're Messing Up Your Child

Devorah Blachor | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Bathe your child in paraben-free, SLS-free, soap-free liquid cleanser-like substance. Not too hot. Or cold. The water should be a little like baby bear's porridge.