Maybe there is something to being a ‘laissez-faire’ parent. A new book is highlighting the very real dangers of being over-involved—and over-invested—in our children’s lives. In ‘How to Raise an Adult,’ former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims contends that ‘helicopter parents’ undermine their children’s abilities to grow up, even costing them their first jobs by meddling in matters such as the interview process and salary negotiation. For strategies on how to avoid undermining your kids’ natural maturity process, check out books such as Lenore Skenazy’s ‘Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts With Worry’, and ‘Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us’, by Christine Gross-Loh. Do you find it difficult to reign in your over-protective impulses? What strategies do you use to pull back? Share your ideas in the comments.
The Hidden Dangers of Helicopter Parenting
February 10, 2017