I had to chuckle at a newspaper article detailing how local colleges are handling an ever growing wave of so-called helicopter parents, which has become an ubiquitous descriptor of moms and dads, who just can’t seem to let go, hovering over their offspring long after they’ve reached adulthood.
Though, it’s not funny, I laughed for several reasons.
After spending a holiday weekend with family, I can tell you baby boomers are among the worst offenders of overly anxious and protective parenting. Granted, this statement has no scientific data to support it, and I’m sure there are many middle-aged parents who are neither consumed nor interested in the daily activities or their adult son or daughter.
But I run across enough newspaper articles and hear more than a few stories to, at least, hint that the overly attached parent is a real and growing phenomenon. It’s one of the reasons, I wrote “Parent Trap” for ASBJ last February.
While educators understand the importance of parental involvement in schools, different parents require different approaches. The challenge with “helicopter parents,” isnt’ so much getting them involved but showing them, diplomatically, where their involvement is best needed— and not.