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Fathering: Helicopter parenting may negatively affect child’s adult years

My daughter recently referred to me as a “helicopter parent” as I was becoming overly enmeshed in her search to secure graduate school admissions for this year. This description of me was well-deserved as I was trying to guide the process for her.

The term “helicopter parents” often refers to those parents who have the best intentions in mind for their children but can offer unsolicited advice which can have a negative impact on their future autonomy. Worries about the economy, the job market, and the world in general can push parents toward taking more control over their adult child’s life in an attempt to protect them — but this is not always helpful or healthy for their child.

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