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Growing a College: Why Parents Matter

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

As we slowly come to the end of the great economic recession, now is probably the right moment for American colleges and universities to take stock of the role of parents in the life of the college.

Are We Being Those Parents?

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

As my husband drives us back home, I sit in the car and wonder if today was a rescue. I wonder if we were being "helicopter parents."

No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future

Kim John Payne | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents
Kim John Payne

Subjecting a child to a life of highly structured and fast-paced activity in order to prepare him/her for the world is a well-meaning falsehood and a more than serious mistake.

Why I Love Helicopter Parents

Karen Dukess | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Karen Dukess

Every time I read about a mother hiding behind the bushes with binoculars during her daughter's college orientation or pleading with a potential employer on behalf of her son, I become a better parent.

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.

Facebook Outed Me

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Hegland

Like a toddler with no impulse control, I keep waddling toward the socket with my curious, sticky fingers. It's only Facebook, right? How dangerous can it be?

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?

Every Parent's New Nightmare? The Parentcam!

Priscilla Warner | Posted 10.02.2012 | Parents
Priscilla Warner

We can't always save our children from pain. We can try our very best to take good care of them. But sometimes they need to fall, brush themselves off and get back up again.

Your Child's World Will Shrink Before Your Eyes

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

What was your "wandering range" as a child? What is your child's now? Does this give you second thoughts?

Helicopter Parenting in the Wake of Aurora Shootings

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Joanne Bamberger

I know our 12-year-old is going to ask for assurance that something like that can never happen to her and would never happen where we live. And I know there will be nightmares and much more anxiety to come for her when neither I nor her dad can make her that promise.

Dear Parents: Leave Us Alone

Adora Svitak | Posted 09.22.2012 | Teen
Adora Svitak

Mom and Dad, don't take it the wrong way: Leave me alone. Believe me: Those are the new three little words parents everywhere should want to hear.

What Happens When Trophy Kids Divorce?

Nancy Fagan | Posted 09.18.2012 | Divorce
Nancy Fagan

Trophy children are motivated when they are able to see how they will benefit from a situation. In order to find the divorce payoffs, trophy kids should spend time brainstorming what they want when the divorce is final.

Enough With Bashing The Boomerang Kids And Their Parents

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.11.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

We did what we thought was best for our kids -- and I believe the majority of our kids are trying to do the best they can for themselves as well.

Are You Raising an Independent Child?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

At the same exact moment you hovercoddle your child, there are probably at least 10 million children their same age dealing with a situation on their own.

A Warning Against A Culture Where Every Child Wins

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.29.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think that rewarding every child will make them feel good -- and it may, for a moment. But it may also make them feel that they are entitled to praise and recognition for merely existing. And that does no one any favors.

Anxious Parents Helicopter Into The Workplace

Posted 06.11.2012 | Fifty

By: Dan Fastenberg Michael Echter was antsy. For months, his son had rebuffed him when he tried to offer advice and help in finding a summer intern...

Anxious Parents Helicopter Into The Workplace

Careers Articles | Posted 08.06.2012 | College

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College Visits and Helicopter Parents: A Bad Combination

Corey Stern | Posted 07.02.2012 | Teen
Corey Stern

Often, I've seen parents look to impress the student tour guides as if they were the actual admissions officers. The parents seem only interested in making it clear how amazing they think their kids are.

Dangerous Playgrounds Are Good for Your Kids

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

We as a country have taken playground safety too far. We have crossed the line from common sense to that murky "What if?" territory in which we imagine every conceivable accident.

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?

Are You My Motherhood?

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 06.17.2012 | Parents
Annabelle Gurwitch

We Village Parents don't have a book out; we're too harried to write one. We don't have a catch phrase unless you count our endless mutterings of "I'm exhausted."

What I Learned When The Internet Attacked Me

Jennifer Coburn | Posted 06.09.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Coburn

In 20 years of writing, I have taken strong positions on reproductive rights, marriage equality, affirmative action... Never have I received as much hate mail as when I admitted that, as a mother, I am flawed.

Don't Worry, Grandma's Got It Covered

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2012 | Fifty

By Linda Stern WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) - The generation that invented "helicopter parenting" is moving into its grandparenting y...

The New Quarter-Life Crisis

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.21.2012 | College
Marian Salzman

With an economic ecosystem as off-kilter as this one, it's just as important to enter college with a game plan as it is to graduate with one. No pressure or anything, but your future hangs on it.

Helium Parenting

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.13.2012 | Parents
Rabbi David Wolpe

We should hold on to our children as a child holds a balloon. Let them rise, float on their own, but keep a grasp on the string so that they do not float away to unknown parts.