Norton School Affiliate Faculty's Research on "Hovering Parents"

With the start of another school year, many young people are beginning to think about class schedules, homework assignments, papers, tests and navigating their way through the requirements and hurdles of school. 

As it turns out, many parents also are thinking about the same things, perhaps even more than their children are. Such parents might be examples of the phenomenon known as "helicopter parenting" in popular culture. 

Helicopter parents are those who hover over their children, always ready to swoop down and provide help and guidance at a moment's notice.

Although assistance and support from parents can be beneficial to children of all ages, as children grow into young adults, there can be too much of a good thing when parents do not adjust their parenting style. Helicopter parenting occurs when parents offer intensive guidance, problem solving, advice and assistance to their children, especially when those children could be doing at least some of those tasks on their own — or, at least, without so much input.

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