The Effect Of Helicopter Parenting

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Helicopter parenting is a form of upbringing where a parent is more likely to help their child with all of their problems. It is not uncommon for these parents to pay their child’s bills and continue doing their laundry among other things when they’ve reached their secondary education (e.g. College, University). (Meno) This type of parent doesn’t necessarily control everything the child does, but they protect them from any possible loss or failure in attempt to help them succeed. Though many have different views on the parenting method, more research must be done in order to assess its effectiveness. Though there have been countless books and studies on parenting, there have only been a handful that thoroughly looked at the effects of helicopter parenting in particular. Research has been put into the effects on skill development in children, commitment, and emotional stability throughout their life. In order to understand where these effects stemmed from, research was done to compare education level at a young age between those with helicopter parents and those without.
Impact on Skill Development When in an educational environment, it’s easy to split apart those who tried to achieve a higher grade point average, and those who didn’t. This is not necessarily a reflection of intelligence level, but rather a difference in motivation. Students with helicopter parents tend to be less engaged in their school work when compared to those with less protective parents. (Sharon)
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