The term “helicopter parent” refers to a parent who resembles a helicopter by hovering closely over his or her children to monitor – and try to “help” with – everything they do.
In interesting research, a comparison was made between super-involved parents and aircrafts by Dr. Haim Ginott in a book published in 1969 entitled Between Parent and Teenager. In the book, Ginot explains that helicopter parents sometimes do their children’s homework and/or choose friends for their children during their youth. He goes on to explain that in adulthood, helicopter parents may contact college professors and employers on behalf of their grown children whether or not they wish them to do so. Ginot cautions that this careful, hyper-involved parenting style is usually done out of a loving desire to shield children from physical harm and emotional pain, but it doesn’t always yield optimistic results in the long run.
Above chart shows there are more drawbacks than benefits for children raised by helicopter parents. To prevent raising a child with the problems described above, parents with hovering tendencies ought to identify the causes of their over-involvement and takes steps to ease up so their children are granted the freedom to achieve independent success.
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