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Helicopter Parents

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 07.23.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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.

Why Do Helicopter Parents Loosen Up at Campgrounds?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Most of us remember playing outside till the streetlights came on, but our kids can't because of any of the following fears: crime, creeps, traffic, tennis lessons, homework... or all of the above. Except at RV campgrounds.

Advice to Teachers From an Exhausted Helicopter Mom

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

Reprinted with permission from Stephan Pastis I have come to hate Mondays. I don't mean dislike, or any other vanilla word that is polite. I mean ha...

Consciously Uncoupling From the Kids

Julie Gunlock | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Julie Gunlock

In advising parents to -- as movie star Gwyneth Paltrow referred to her marital separation -- "consciously uncouple" from their kids, the hope is that children will become more independent, experience risks and develop the coping and decision-making skills that will help them through life.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

How Apps Can Cause Us to Take Fewer Risks in the Game of Life

Howard Gardner | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Howard Gardner

An "app mentality" or "app consciousness" -- the search for an app for everything, the almost automatic activation of an app and a concomitant reluctance to proceed if an app is lacking -- can be very limiting. And it is especially pernicious in the event that this mentality becomes the dominant mode, the dominant metaphor, for how one leads one's life.

The Best Thing I Did For My Son

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.25.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

After he came home junior year to go to community college for a semester -- and, making the best choice he's ever made, decided to go back to the university he had left -- my husband and I finally did something smart. We left him alone.

Carolyn Gregoire

Why You Need To Calm Down If Your Kid Got Rejected From An Ivy League School

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.24.2014 | College

Psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon first confronted the absurdity of a school admissions frenzy earlier than most parents across the country when ...

Generational Differences

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Lara M. Gardner

What I miss the most about my childhood has nothing to do with the involvement or lack thereof of my parents, but of what technology has taken from us.

7 Reasons Bosses Are Communicating With Their Young Employees' Parents More Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty

Wasn't it enough when parents were calling college admissions counselors and coming along to make sure their kids signed up for the right college clas...

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.

iPads, Martinis and Bubble Wrap: The New American Parenting Style

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

When did kids become more afraid of boredom than they are of parents?! The concept of leaving our children outside all day without contact is not only ancient history, it's unfathomable to parents today.

7 Types Of Parents I Can't Stand

John Willey | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
John Willey

I don't like parents who pigeonhole others into certain categories of parenting. They are the ones who think they are better than everyone else, like they have been a parent for almost 10 years or something so they think they know everything.

An Ode to Rebel Parents

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Dana H. Glazer

Like all good rebels, rebel parents challenge our hyper-protective, fear-ingrained, consumer-driven lives, and frankly, I think we are a lot better off with them throwing caution to the wind than we are with the more pervasive absentee or "helicopter" parents.