Helicoptor parenting

Is a term no longer politically correct, evidently. As the cost of higher education goes up, direct parental involvment does as well. From The Atlantic.

The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
Is it possible for parents to be too involved in their children’s lives when they go to college? Parents have to help their kids without overpowering them, Cohen said. Kids need to become “comfortable with the uncomfortable” and learn to navigate tricky academic and social challenges on their own. He travels to schools around the country, including my neighborhood’s high school, giving talks to parents about when and how to get engaged in their children’s college lives. 

Excessive parental involvement in the lives of their college-aged children, Hamilton said, extends the timeframe for parenting past the 0-18 years. It delays adulthood in children. And, most importantly for Hamilton, it exacerbates socioeconomic inequality. Students without helicopter parents, she’s found, are less likely than those with them to translate their higher-education degree to a slot in the middle class or get enough support from their college. 
These drawbacks don’t faze Stacy. Her daughter is growing more mature and independent, she said; supervising her academic choices was critical. Oftentimes Stacy urges her daughter to first check with her adviser about professional questions, after which she’ll step in to do her own research. She compared her input on her daughter’s college choices to getting a second opinion for a medical procedure. 
“It’s a lot for them to navigate, and it wouldn’t be fair to tell them to navigate it on their own,” she said. “It’s not called helicopter parenting. It’s called Parenting 2017.”


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