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Helicopter parenting was a term coined in recent times, and in some instances has gotten out of control, with parents doing essentially everything for kids.
In The Overparenting Epidemic, noted psychiatrist and parenting
specialist Dr. George Glass cites studies that show parents who are
anxious, invasive, offer excessive favors, or erase obstacles that kids
should negotiate themselves, are producing children that are
ill-behaved, narcissistic, anxious, entitled – and unable to cope with
the obsession to provide everything a child could possibly need has
created epidemic levels of depression and stress in our country's youth,
and it could all be avoided if parents would just take a giant step
back, check their ambitions at the door, and do what's really best for
their kids. The Overparenting Epidemic is a science-based, yet humorous
and practical, book that features an easy-to-read menu of pragmatic
advice on how to parent children effectively and lovingly without
overdoing it, especially in the context of today's demanding world.
I liked this book. I found myself agreeing a lot with what he had to say (I tend towards a much more relaxed parenting style myself), yet he wrote it in such a way that if you do tend to be a helicopter parent yourself, it's not preachy or demeaning. Instead, it presents a logical, research-based justification for letting kids succeed and fail with appropriate, loving support.
S. Glass received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Swarthmore
College, earned a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical
School in Chicago, and did his psychiatric residency at the Yale
University Medical School. His post residency training included
intensive studies in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. In
1972 he set up the U.S. Navy's first alcohol treatment program at the
Bethesda Naval Hospital, and has since served as chairman of departments
of psychiatry at several Houston hospitals. For thirty years, he has
helped families, attorneys and courts deal with the psychological
consequences of divorce, has served as a forensic expert in family court
cases, as well as conducted group presentations and divorce workshops.
Glass's academic credits include appointments as a clinical associate
professor of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine, the
University of Texas Medical School and School of Public Health, and the
Cornell Weill School of Medicine. For more information, please visit: www.georgesglassmdpa.com.