Helicopter Parents can negatively effect a childs mental health. Here are the things not to do!

In this day and age, we’ve all heard the term ‘Helicopter Parent”. Kudos to those who coined it because it is a spot on description. With technology and the need to be connected in today’s society, it is easy for parents to hover and now everything their child is doing. From stalking your Childs internet history to calling every five minutes when they are away, all kids understand what it is like when mom and dad tend to be just too over protective and cross the invisible line that invades privacy. The problems can stem from parent’s not realizing that this is in fact not ok. 

Listen, I’m not saying don’t parent your kids. What I’m saying is don’t be those parents who are so closely involved that you are giving them a complex. As per a 2013 study involving 297 students, published  in the “Journal of Child and Family Studies,” shows college students with helicopter parents reported significantly higher levels of depression and less satisfaction in life and attributed this decrease in well-being to a violation of the students’ “basic psychological needs for autonomy and competence.” Academically overbearing parents may not only force their child to take up a major they have no interest or talent in, but plan their every career choice, leaving no room for voicing the student’s desires. Ultimately, the effects of helicopter parenting do not conclude with a teenager’s coming of age or a student’s moving out; it is lifelong and with deadly consequences.  Those consequences are detailed below. To read more, click into each link. 

Helicopter parenting is becoming scary common in our connected society. Ultimately, a parent’s job is not to be the child’s best friend or force their unfulfilled aspirations upon their offspring, but to teach him/her to be a healthy, functioning adult. Teach your child to help themselves and allow them some freedom to make mistakes rather than go to the opposite extreme. 

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