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Helicopter Parenting and Its Effect to the Studies and Success of Children: Why is This Type of Behavior Bad?

Children From Helicopter Households Are Not as Well-Adjusted as Others

Multiple studies have shown that helicopter parenting can be detrimental to the development and success of children later in life.

Helicopter parenting is defined as micromanaging a child's problems and experiences especially academic pursuits and this has been found to be damaging. A new study found that helicopter parenting especially affects college students as it affects their mental well-being because too much intrusion has diminished their self-efficacy that it gets in the way of their learning.

Helicopter Parenting and Students

Researchers who posted a new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found that helicopter parenting can increase depression and anxiety among students. The study noted that there has been an increase in anxiety disorders reports among students in the last five years. There have been more than 55 percent increased reports on depression and about a third reported said that there is an increase in self-harm among students.

Forbes reported that in 100,000 college students in last year, there has been an increasing reports of having anxiety (56%), loneliness (65%), being overwhelmed (83%) and sadness (82%). The dramatic increases could not be fully explained some of it could be attributed to the efficacy of mental health awareness programs. The outlet adds that the researchers are looking into helicopter parenting and its effects on children.


Helicopter Parenting is Intrusive and Restricting

Apart from allowing little privacy and freedom, helicopter parenting is actually harmful to the development of children. By parents always guiding their students without letting them make mistakes will deprive them of the opportunity to learn from it and thus deprive them experience acclimating to such failure. It will result to becoming perfectionists, being too self critical and having the inability to cope with setbacks especially as students, USA Today noted.

Students will have to cope from the expectations of helicopter parents as well. The burden of this added stress will make them more likely to develop anxiety disorders, depression and other psychological problems.

According to Telegraph, while some helicopter parenting children are academically exceptional, some of them have a little sense of self esteem. This is because they have been told what to do all their lives that they don't really know what they want without being told.

What do you think are the other destructive results of helicopter parenting on children? Share us your stories in comments below.

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