Helicoptering: Starting the Unwanted Butterfly Effect

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Helicopter parents may be amusing to watch, unless the child of such a parent. Helicopter parents are parents who have the “illusion of control over their children, who may rebel as they grow older and shatter that illusion” (Hewitt). Many parents believe hovering over their children’s activities will benefit the kids in the future. Instead, hovering parents only make the teenagers more likely to rebel than parents who knew when to be involved and when to give their kids distance. In other cases, kids may be left with no self-trust, as children of overprotective parents are often controlled by the parents. Overprotective parenting leaves children unprepared for life; parents should watch but not control their children.
Overprotectiveness can be beneficial until the child becomes dependent. Independence is an important trait to have but “overprotective parents send the message that their children can’t handle life’s challenges on their own” (Hewitt). By not giving the children room to learn on their own, they slowly become accustomed to following the parent’s directions. Soon, though children lack self confidence and feel they are not capable of doing things on their own. Other times “the limbic system matures earlier, it is more likely to gain an upper hand in decision making. This relationship between the emotional center (limbic system) and control center (prefrontal cortex) helps to explain a teen’s inclination to rush decisions” ("Teens and Decision Making: What Brain
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