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An essay on overprotecting our little girls

Dangers of helicopter parenting when your kids are teens Richard AsaTribune Newspapers Teenage kids need parental guidance — but not helicopter parents. People who constantly hover over and micromanage their children's every move have become a subculture known as "helicopter parents.

But, most of the handwringing has been over young children. What about teens and college students en route to adulthood?

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Sean "Diddy" Combs, who was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting a UCLA assistant football coach with a kettle bell over an incident involving his son, a junior defensive back for the Bruins.

The coach was screaming at his son during practice, prompting Combs' interference. Combs was released on bail. Teens' cognitive development, perception of the world, and influence from peers is very different than when they were 6, experts say. That makes them particularly vulnerable because developmentally they can make independent decisions if allowed to, but don't have the fully developed judgment needed to prevent risky decisions, Horowitz says.

That means they need parents who can and are willing to guide them when necessary without usurping their freedom.

  • Many overprotected teenagers are given harsher and stricter curfews than their peers;
  • This behavior is not doing parents much good either; one study indicates that helicopter mothers are more likely to be unhappy.

Research of teens with overprotective parents, she adds, has found they are more anxious, less socially skilled, have poorer coping skills and higher rates of depression. In addition, they don't transition to college well. The sad irony, Li-Barber says, is that helicopter parents behave that way out of a strong desire for their children to be successful by shielding them from harm or failure.

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But that's in direct contrast with the "the developmental necessity of conflict and failure," according to Michael L. Sanseviro, dean of students at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. At least a little kid with survival instincts still has time to break out of the cycle well before he must learn how to fly.

  1. She eats too many Oreos and thinks life is much better when you're laughing. Take the time and be involved in her life.
  2. Rosin cites research out of Norway that shows that kids are evolutionarily programmed to be risk takers, because risks are how children learned to survive in a pre-helicopter parent era. Many kids remain in their infantile state until it is quite too late to change!
  3. This is especially true if they elect to attend school away from their parents' domicile. But that's in direct contrast with the "the developmental necessity of conflict and failure," according to Michael L.

The message to parents is pretty simple. You have to let them fall on an essay on overprotecting our little girls collective faces, get bruised, and get up tougher and wiser. You also have to accept that it will happen again and again. Julie Drew, a mom of two and professor of English at the University of Akronsuggests that as an exercise parents reflect on their own lives and talk to others in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.

Take Howard Schultzfor instance. He became so fabulously successful he inspired a story in The Onion that reported the Starbucks chain was going to put coffee shops in the washrooms of its coffee shops. Yet, he was turned down more than 200 times by potential investors. Would someone who had helicopter parents and he didn't have given up? In a 1998 interview with Entrepreneur Magazine, Shultz said of his business philosophy, "There are a lot of similarities between rearing a family, where the parents imprint values on their children, and starting a new business, where the founder sets the ground rules very early.

Asa is a freelance reporter.