backlast against overparenting

by gurumommy on May 15, 2013

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360_whelicopter_1130This article from way back when (2009!) about the dangers of helicopter parenting in Time Magazine, actually entitled ‘The Backlash Against Overparenting’ came up recently at an event at my kids school.  Even though it is practically ancient it still resonates today (maybe even more).  Nancy Gibbs writes:   ‘this is what parenting ha(s) come to look like at the dawn of the 21st century – just one more extravagance, the Bubble Wrap waiting to burst.  All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. And so there is now a new revolution under way, one aimed at rolling back the almost comical overprotectiveness and overinvestment of moms and dads. The insurgency goes by many names – slow parenting, simplicity parenting, free-range parenting – but the message is the same: Less is more; hovering is dangerous; failure is fruitful. You really want your children to succeed? Learn when to leave them alone. When you lighten up, they’ll fly higher. We’re often the ones who hold them down’


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