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How Helicopter Parenting Can Do More Harm Than Good

How Helicopter Parenting Can Do More Harm Than Good

As parents, we all want our children to be safe and successful–but sometimes it goes too far. Helicopter parenting is overzealous parental involvement in a child’s life. Things like doing their homework for them, never letting them stay the night at friends’ houses–basically holding too tight of a leash.

While helicopter parenting comes from a place of love and protection, it often leads to very serious issues. Living such a sheltered life can make it difficult to transition into adulthood and cope with simple challenges alone.

Utah decides to support ‘free-range’ kids

Constantly watching isn’t always helpful.

In many states, the legal definition of “neglect” can include letting children (of the appropriate age) go to the store alone, walk to school alone, be outside unsupervised, or even stay at home alone.

Many older people remember a time when it was normal for kids 11 to 13 years old to explore neighborhoods and be downtown with their friends without adult supervision; however, things are much different now. Children’s range of freedom has vastly decreased and it seems that Utah is trying to create some change.

The new measure would make sure parents wouldn’t be prosecuted for allowing their children to do the aforementioned things. The goal is to keep police from arresting parents for those allowances with their children so they won’t be scared to give their kids some healthy freedom.

This is in support of the ‘free-range’ way of raising children. Free-range as in allowing kids to experience some parts of life without constant adult supervision. Too much adult supervision can limit a child from developing coping mechanisms, social skills, critical thinking skills, and more.

Why has helicopter parenting become the norm?

Technological surveillance and recording have come a long way over the past couple of decades. Much violence that would’ve gone unseen and unreported can now be caught on video by anyone with a smartphone.

While reports of violence in the media have increased, actual violence in the United States has been sharply declining for quite some time now. That’s not what the public sees, though.

Research has shown that while violence has decreased significantly, people believe it has increased. This connects to how much we see it reported on the news. A perception of the world being more violent than it is can lead parents to keep their children on a much tighter leash out of fear–which explains the rise of helicopter parenting.

Overall, sheltering and shielding your child from every possible threat in the world doesn’t help them in the long-run. An important balance needs to be kept between supervision and freedom when raising a child.

Equinox is here for your family

Equinox RTC is a residential treatment center for teen boys, ages 14 – 18. Our students often need help with depression, anxiety, trauma, drug use, and other behavioral or emotional issues.

We strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment. At Equinox, teenagers work towards building accountability, respect, and a solution-oriented approach to solving their challenges.

For more information about how we help at Equinox, contact us today at (877) 279-8925