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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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.