Is Helicopter Parenting Harming in Child's Transition to Adulthood?


Childhood always prepares humans for adulthood. It is the transforming age of almost decades, from where an adult came out as a society member.

It's not something which can magically be conferred in another age group. Childhood is meant to be preparing kids for their life challenges rather than facing them on their behalf.

Helicopter Parenting, however, this term has been used since 1969 but as a metaphor in the bestselling book Between Parent & Teenager by Dr. Haim Ginott. Still, this term is a new one for the third world. The term "helicopter parent" gained wide currency when American college administrators began using it. The relationship between a child and their parent is something which had always define itself by connecting it to the mothering nature of earth. In this theory, parents pay extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. But apart from all this emotional part, practically this theory is in debate nowadays. Let’s see how it is affecting the younger generation.

Complaints from professor and college administrators about the increasing dependence of college students on their parents are on the rise. Professors seem to get more calls from parents about absences or grade disputes than a generation ago. And article after article has lamented how “helicopter parents are ruining college students,” making them more fragile and unable to cope with the pressures of young adulthood.

Students who are guided by this kind of parenting in their school/college life are much likely to face the anxiety issues. As an over-protecting, over-directing and over the top hand-holding parents, maybe the overdose is creating a lot of fuzz in the backdrop.

Just listen what Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford University dean, has said about the dangers of so-called helicopter parenting.