Helicopter parenting is the style of parenting where one is too involved in their children’s lives, not giving them personal space and protecting their children a little too much from physical or psychological harm. This leads to entanglement – a kind of relationship between two or more people where personal boundaries are too vague and unclear. In this kind of setting, the child has no independence to discover anything on their own. They are always assisted by their parents, even if it doesn’t really take a few more hands. As reassuring as it is for the parents, it can greatly hinder the child’s productivity.
Examples of helicopter parenting include:
- You prevent your child from going on a voyage of discovery.
- You check their homework too much.
- You do things for your kids that you don’t have to do for them.
- You impose your ambitions on your children.
- Disadvantages of helicopter training are:
- Low self-esteem and confidence
When parents do everything for their children, the child does not trust themselves to do something right on their own. They are also afraid that their parents will not entrust them with any situation. This develops a sense of incapacity in them and leads to low self-esteem and confidence issues in them.
Sense of entitlement
If parents are always there for the child, he or she may feel that they will always get what they want, making them feel entitled to it. They become demanding and want all their wishes to always be fulfilled.
Underdevelopment of the brain
Helicopter parenting means that parents make all the decisions for you. This also leads to a reduction in problem solving and decision making. The prefrontal part of the brain is the area that deals with these situations. This part of the brain fully develops by age 25, but children who have been part of helicopter education see stunted growth.
Deterioration of mental health
Helicopter training leads to depression and anxiety in children. This happens due to the fact that they are supervised at all times which makes them extremely nervous if left alone. The combat-free lifestyle as a child creates a fear of failure in the child. This along with low self-esteem lead to increased depression and anxiety.
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