In Defense of Helicopter Parents
Parents today have little choice but become helicopter parents
Posted Oct 17, 2011
Helicopter parenting is defined as parents who hover over their child in such a way as to micromanage and overinvolve themselves in all aspects of their lives.
Helicopter parenting is typically associated with bad parenting, isn't it? I have been guilty myself of thinking poorly of helicopter parents who bubble wrap their kids, micro manage every detail of their lives, and do all that they can to give their kids a leg up on others. As a college professor here at Santa Clara University (but most especially as a former university department chair and academic dean) I have experienced parents contacting me about their child's school performance and conflicts at not only the undergraduate but even the graduate school level. Helicopter parents certainly get their share of bad press and distain.
So, I suggest that our culture has evolved in such a way as to encourage and even demand helicopter parenting. They get a bad rap for perhaps many behaviors that they really can't control. To parent in 2011 means having your helicopter pilot's license!