When to Hover -- and When to Back Off
Nobody wants to be labeled a helicopter parent -- a hyper-vigilant mom or dad who micromanages their kids' every move. But when it comes to kids' entertainment, nothing gets our rotors spinning faster than a Viagra ad during their favorite show or a frightening movie trailer before a PG-rated movie.
The latest argument against helicopter parenting can be found in a new book by Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd. In The Parents We Mean to Be, Weissbourd says that too much attention actually makes kids miserable and deprives them of the ability to develop their own values. In other words, trying to control everything your kid sees, plays, and listens to -- not just in your own home but everywhere he goes -- might not be doing your kid any favors.
And yet we live in a world where our kids seemed to be plugged in at all times. And without parental interference, they might never tune back in. If you want more control over the stuff yourRead More »from Are You a Helicopter Parent?