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An Open Letter to My First Grader's Teacher About Homework

Gail Cornwall | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

In light of our personal experience and the data provided, I ask that you move toward getting rid of homework entirely, raising the issue with your teaching team and school administration. At the very least, please consider limiting it to flexible assignments like your current reading requirement.

Helicopter Parenting Has Given Birth To A Generation of Entitled Victims

Abilash Gopal, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Abilash Gopal, M.D.

If we continue to walk on eggshells to avoid offending these hypersensitive young adults, we are empowering their victimhood status. If we continue to indulge their irrational demands, we are robbing them of the opportunity to learn how to function independently in the real world.

What's Wrong With Needing to Be the Best

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.15.2017 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Very few of us are likely to be the "most" or the "best" anything. But success, happiness and a good life aren't really about this. They're about learning to accept ourselves and pursue what has meaning to us. That is the best standard we can hold for ourselves and the most valuable lesson we can pass on to our children.

Kids and Homework: Backing Off Is Best

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 02.11.2017 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

A recent study has been released that says helicopter parenting, especially in schoolwork, might backfire when it comes to promoting student success.

Yes, Helicopter Parenting Happens, Even At The Doctor's Office

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.20.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Part of raising a teenager is figuring when and how to let go of the reins so adolescents learn to make smart choices on their own....

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

Julie Lythcott-Haims | Posted 06.15.2016 | 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?

Dear Family Whisperer: Motherhood Stinks!

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Modern motherhood takes a toll on women's well-being, strains parents' relationships, weakens families, and certainly doesn't do children any good. My heart goes out to mothers, but I don't "revere" motherhood.

The 26-Step Program For Good Parents Gone Bad

Dr. Wendy Mogel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Mogel

I've written these steps to provide encouragement to well-intentioned, devoted, loving, intelligent parents who feel powerless to stop themselves from overindulging, overprotecting and over-scheduling their children.

The Problem with Overpraising Children

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

The problem with many parents hoping to boost their child's self-esteem isn't that they're praising; it's that they're overpraising.

Why It's OK To Let Kids Fail

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

As a parent, how do you stand idly by as your child falters, when all you want to do is set them up for success? How (when, where?) do you draw the line?

Part 2: When Helping Our Kids Starts Hurting Them

Tim Elmore | Posted 09.30.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

I've come to believe that parenting our kids is a lot like teaching them to ride a bike. It's a process. We begin by strapping them to us as infants and we do all the peddling. Eventually, we remove the training wheels -- and now our help is a tender balance of support and letting go.

Good Parenting Gone Bad

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

I have a confession to make. I have gone to one of my sons' dorms and done his laundry. Just when I thought I had taken my overparenting to a new level, his roommate's mother took out a lint roller and began to roll their entire carpet on her hands and knees. Was I out-parented?

Throw Away Your Parenting Books

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Relax, slow down, cancel the Mandarin lessons and put the parenting books back on the shelf. Use them as needed, not as gospel.

Think Negatively!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

How much positivity is too much? Where does healthy stop and delusional begin? And, maybe more to the point: Why does this kind of stuff feel like a relief?

The Impact of Overparenting

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves: Are we doing too much for them?

The 6 Overparenting Archetypes | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents

When Boston was hit by last winter's barrage of blizzards, my two oldest kids, then ages eight and five, spent their snow days lounging around the hou...

Are Over-Parented Kids Doomed to Become Unhappy Grown-Ups?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.24.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

In a recent piece in The Atlantic titled, not terribly ironically, "How to Land Your Kid In Therapy," Lori Gottlieb, a writer and psychotherapy intern...

Love, Limits, Letting Go: Good Enough for Obama

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If your kids are in high school, here is what you can practice: Tell them how much you believe in them, and prove it by practicing the art of letting go.