May 29, 2012 | 4 Comments
The other day, I saw a headline about a new book that purports to help parents not be helicopter parents. I’d offer a link to the book, but I don’t remember the exact title. I do remember that it was thoroughly silly and useless, something about a “Worry-Bomb” and entitlement. I tried to find it online, but apparently it’s not that big a deal (so I wonder why it was on the news at all).
Anyway, it brings to mind an observation I’ve had – or, perhaps, an observation I’ve never had. I have never, to my recollection, witnessed “helicopter parenting”. Of course, I have a pretty small sample size that is generally restricted by age and geography, so maybe it’s a real thing… or maybe it’s just another epidemic lurking in the dark with vodka-soaked tampons and satanic robot pedophiles.
So, has anyone witnessed helicopter parenting? Is it rampant? Is it just an American thing, or maybe just a suburban thing?