Just finished reading Kate Hilpern’s excellent article on Helicopter Parenting - goo.gl/Vcjj2
I had never heard of the term “helicopter parenting” before, but the article makes an clear description of the up and down sides of having parents “helicoptering” around students of all ages.
Having someone to lean back at when times get harder, and times do get hard when you’ve just moved away from all that is familiar to you, is a role parents often take. And personally I can say that it is often nice to have some kind of backup plan in the form of a reliable home/parent, especially when you have, like I, moved an geographically significant distance from all that you know and trust.
But the way some of the parents in the article seem to control and interact in the life of the fresh student sometimes seems like an desperate attempt to keep the child closer then that is actually necessary, a student who has to go through their parents when searching for a job or applying to a course somewhat loses the freedom that is essential to acquire during the years away from home.
How is someone who is always cared/guarded/looked after by their respective parents supposed to gain the knowledge and insight that comes with failing to get a proper job ?
Please read the article and share your own view of helicopter parenting to the world.