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Overprotective Parents

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.

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.

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...

Why I Stopped Blaming My Mother

Merri Petrovits | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Merri Petrovits

I decided my mother was at fault each time I felt like I didn't grow up to be exactly the person I wanted to become.

5 Dangerous Things You SHOULD Let Your Kids Do

TEDTalks | Posted 03.12.2014 | TED Weekends

gever tulley 5 dangerous thingsWhat if the best way to help kids learn is to stop trying so hard to keep them safe? Hear popular TED speaker Gever Tulley's radical argument for letting kids play with power tools and other things that will make parents squirm.

Go Ahead, Be That Mom

Jenny Witte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jenny Witte

My suggestion is to switch the focus from other moms, and what other moms are doing, to your own kids. Are your kids happy and healthy being co-sleeping french fry eaters? Awesome!

Overdoing it, or Over-Thinking It?

Michaela Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Everyone has an opinion on your parenting methods. The advice comes at us from medical professionals, friends, family and even strangers on the street. We are exposed more than ever before to more information, but also more evaluation and more judgment

The Existential Angst of Hong Kong's 'Monster Parents'

Yuen Chan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Yuen Chan

The term "monster parent" was first coined in Japan to describe excessively protective parents who meddle in every aspect of their children's lives, and constantly complain to and about their teachers.

3 Mistakes 'Helicopter Parents' Make That Prevent Their Children From Growing Up

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Helicopter parents usually have the best intentions -- to protect their children from life's hardships and prepare them for adulthood -- but as with many other aspects of parenting, the results don't always match the intentions.

7 Things Helicopter Parents NEED To Understand

Marsha Pinto | Posted 09.16.2013 | Teen
Marsha Pinto

In our fast-paced and competitive society, the stresses children face by over-ambitious parents often goes unnoticed. On behalf of the millennial generation, below are seven things helicopter parents everywhere need to understand.

Let Kids Have Their Sticks!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

The more we teach our kids that nature is dangerous, creativity is out of bounds and physicality is not to be tolerated, the more I worry for our society.

Dad Reportedly Shows Up At Daughter's HS With Heavy Chain, Makes Threats

Posted 11.29.2012 | Crime

An enraged New York father allegedly showed up at his daughter's high school on Wednesday morning "swinging a heavy chain with a padlock and demanding...

Every Child Deserves a Trophy... Really?

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Trotter King

When did lying to a child in order to foster confidence become more important than teaching him coping skills and how to accept weakness or manage failure? When did babying a child become more imperative than teaching her the lesson that not all kids are winners all the time and in every arena?

Why I Hate Halloween

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Perhaps my heart is two sizes too small, but even as a kid, I was not a fan of playing dress-up and knocking on doors asking for handouts. It was awkward and degrading.

Are Monkey Bars Too Dangerous For Playgrounds?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.18.2012 | Parents

Written for Slate by Dan Kois I didn’t expect to be one of those parents who has opinions about playground equipment. Before we moved to the subu...

Can This Helicopter Mom Change Her Ways?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I often say that I have never actually met a helicopter parent. At least not one who describes themself that way. Everyone KNOWS a helicopter parent -- one who hovers and intrudes and smothers -- but they are always someone ELSE. I can't say that anymore.

Pilot Lessons

Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Lorraine Duffy Merkl

Sometimes I purposely make the whirring noise of rapidly spinning propellers to punctuate the fact that like many Manhattan mothers I am called a "helicopter."

Childhood Revised

Eleni Gage | Posted 09.30.2012 | Parents
Eleni Gage

Fiction of all sorts, including nursery rhymes, allows us to try out conflict in a safe way. That's the point, it's where the thrill comes in; we're scared, then reassured the danger isn't real.

Bring Your Parents To Work Day?

Karin Kasdin | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Letting go is the most difficult part of parenting. But it is also the most essential. Clinging to our children until we leave claw marks on their bodies is detrimental to their growth. And it doesn't make us any happier either.

I Did These Things as a Kid, But My Kids Won't

Amber Dusick | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Amber Dusick

Are parents as a whole more protective these days? And where is the line drawn between good protection (seat belts and not letting your kids drink bleach) and being overprotective to where it is stifling for them. I think about this sometimes.

Hovering Parents Halt Kids Activity

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 11.19.2011 | Parents

Overprotective parents here's a message for you: If you want your kids to get more activity, you may want to back off. Those are the findings from ...

Welcome to Bubble Boy Nation

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

Welcome to Bubble Boy Nation, a place inhabited by overprotective parents, delicate, overindulged children, and two major political parties that routinely capitulate to legions of lobbyists.